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