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Friday, March 7th (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (24-32-9) at Calgary Flames (24-31-7), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames are giving their future a chance to perform and had to like what they saw last time out.

The Flames take aim at a second straight victory on Friday night as they welcome the New York Islanders to town.

Not expected to contend for a playoff spot down the stretch, the Flames are giving a number of inexperienced players a chance at the NHL level. That includes goaltender Joni Ortio, who picked up his first career victory in his second NHL start with Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

The 22-year-old made 30 saves and had a shutout bid spoiled when he allowed a goal with 9:36 remaining. Still, he figures to get a solid workload in the near future after Calgary traded 27-year-old netminder Reto Berra to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday for a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Fellow netminder Karri Ramo remains out with a sprained right MCL and the Flames recalled journeyman Joey MacDonald from the minors to serve as the backup.

Ortio was aided on Wednesday by a number of skaters he spent time this season with in the American Hockey League. Markus Granlund scored his first NHL goal in his fourth career game and both Corban Knight and Max Reinhart found their way into the lineup. Knight made his NHL debut and Reinhart had an assist for his fourth career point in 16 NHL games.

"The way the younger guys played tonight is amazing. It's a joy to watch them do as well as they did. They've been working hard and playing really hard down there," said Ortio, who was then asked if he was thinking about a shutout.

"I was trying to get there. I tried to block it out, but now that I didn't get it at least I have something to wait for in the future."

Joe Colborne and Mike Cammalleri, who the Flames did not trade prior to Wednesday's deadline, also had goals, while rookie Sean Monahan and captain Mark Giordano notched two assists each.

The Flames, who had lost four of six coming in, also traded veteran winger Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh before the game and then lost center Jiri Hudler during the game with an upper-body injury.

The Flames snapped a three-game slide to the Islanders by winning the first of two meetings this season by a 4-2 score in New York on Feb. 6. Calgary, though, has lost three of its past four at home to the Isles.

The Islanders are in action for a second night in a row, having dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. New York yielded the final three goals after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, with the winner coming 2:29 into the extra frame.

Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee scored for the Islanders, who were coming off an overtime win against Winnipeg but lost for the fifth time in seven games. Evgeni Nabokov surrendered three goals on 29 shots.

"At some point, they're going to have to realize those little things, the moment you stop moving your feet or get out of position it's going to cost you," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said.

New York will conclude a four-game road trip on Monday in Vancouver and hope that Lee can continue his surge. The 23-year-old has scored in back-to-back games and has four goals and an assist in five contests this season.

03/07 10:45:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
3rd
CHA 61
LAC 73
 
3rd
CHA 61
LAC 73
 
3rd
CLE 74
ORL 50
 
3rd
PHI 70
POR 82
 
2nd
TOR 52
PHO 48
 
2nd
HOU 27
NYK 26
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
IND
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 63
ARST 62
 
2nd
TOL 67
BUCK 40
 
2nd
JMU 61
COL 55
 
2nd
WINT 39
ETST 45
 
2nd
GSOUT 62
FIU 53
 
2nd
BST 70
GRAM 36
 
2nd
APP 59
HAMP 49
 
2nd
MAST 77
JVU 50
 
2nd
XAV 76
MURST 50
 
2nd
WAKE 58
NICST 24
 
2nd
MSU 56
SCU 27
 
2nd
LOU 71
SAV 14
 
2nd
TENT 69
SELA 58
 
2nd
VCU 38
VILL 51
 
2nd
OU 53
WCU 57
 
Half
IND 41
EWASH 35
 
1st
ILL 28
BRO 21
 
1st
MSST 17
CLAYST 15
 
1st
BEL 21
LIP 19
 
1st
TCU 40
MVSU 15
 
1st
IOWA 27
PEPP 20
 
1st
MEM 31
PVU 13
 
1st
KU 32
RIDE 13
 
1st
BAY 18
STEPH 13
 
1st
INCWORD 27
A 24
 
1st
USF 0
HAW 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
OKST
ORST
9:00pm Tonight
WYO
FAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
YALE
 
9:00pm Tonight
CHAM
PITT
9:00pm Tonight
ILLST
SHU
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
STET
 
9:30pm Tonight
ISU
ALA
9:30pm Tonight
SDKST
CHADRON
 
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NCOL
CCHR
 
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OREG
MICH
10:00pm Tonight
SDU
WMICH
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SIUE
11:00pm Tonight
AUB
TULSA
11:30pm Tonight
SDST
BYU
2nd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 0
MIN 2
 
1st Intermission
DET 1
OTT 1
 
Half
BUF 14
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 0