Series (Game 1 of 1)

New York leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 12th

Flames 2

(25-14-5, 55 pts)

Islanders 3

(19-22-2, 40 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 12, 2006

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
CGY 2 0 02
NYI 1 1 13

Top Skaters

Calgary: D. Phaneuf - 2 A, 2 SOG, +1

NY Islanders: M. Satan - 1 G, 2 A, 7 SOG, +2

Calgary (25-13-5) at NY Islanders (18-22-2) 7:00 pm EST

Calgary (25-13-5) at NY Islanders (18-22-2) 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- The recent struggles of the New York Islanders are putting their playoff hopes in jeopardy and have led to a coaching change.

ESPN Radio 1050 is reporting assistant Brad Shaw will be behind the bench Thursday when the Islanders try for just their second victory in 10 games in their only meeting of the season against the Calgary Flames.

Shaw will run the team on an interim basis because the team is expected to fire Steve Stirling, who led the Islanders to a 38-29-11-4 record and a playoff appearance in 2003-2004. This season, New York is seven points behind New Jersey and Tampa Bay for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The final straw in Stirling's fate came Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. Shawn Bates scored his 11th goal in the second period for the Islanders.

Calgary is tied with Dallas for the fewest goals allowed in the Western Conference (110) and has a two-point edge over Vancouver and Colorado for the top spot in the highly-competitive Northwest Division.

Dion Phaneuf scored his 11th goal and Rhett Warrener added his third for the Flames, who failed to hold a two-goal lead in their second straight loss, a 4-2 defeat to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

The teams have not faced each other since the Flames posted a 3-2 win over the Islanders on January 6, 2004. New York has not defeated Calgary at home since the 1996-1997 season.