The losses aren’t entirely surprising given their opponents have had a combined 11 games to shed the summer rust, and showed that edge early in both games. The Flames and Flyers each leaped out to three-goal leads before the Islanders could answer. The win is Calgary’s fifth of its undefeated preseason.
I can’t seem to find a box score for the Isles-Flyers game, which contained most of New York’s A-team, but Calvin de Haan and Trevor Gillies accounted for the two Islander goals. In Philly, Krys Kolanos netted the lone Islander goal against a close approximation of the Flyers' varsity squad.
According to the Islanders team site, head coach Scott Gordon, who traveled with the Saskatoon squad, thought the penalty kill was solid, as was the play of de Haan.
SI Picks Isles 14th in East
The Sports Illustrated NHL Preview came out yesterday with the magazine picking the Islanders to finish ahead of the Florida Panthers and no one else in the East. SI applauded the signing of “capable” defensemen Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina, but Pierre McGuire wrote that the only way the Islanders make the playoffs is if Rick DiPietro stays off the IR and regains his sterling form from his early career.