GameThread - Flames at Oilers: Feasting on the Flames

Mike Ridewood

The Oilers are gearing up for a playoff run while the Flames are gearing up for a tank.

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UPDATE

Game preview: Calgary is a crazy team. They're okay everywhere except in goal. 10th in special teams, 18th in Fenwick close, but 30th in even strength save percentage. Oilers fans are quite familiar with terrible goaltending and the effect on a team, but none of the Oilers teams of recent years have been as good as the Flames.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: Anton Lander draws in on the fourth line, all else remains the same.

Flames Report: Iginla is gone, so the familiar face on the right side of the lineup won't have an opportunity to torpedo the Oilers' playoff run. The Flames still have a number of skilled players, though they are light down the middle of the lineup.

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov
Mike Brown - Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Mark Fistric, Theo Peckham, Lennart Petrell

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place, 7:30 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

  • Taylor Hall has just 4 point in 8 prior games against Calgary.
  • Jordan Eberle, on the other hand, has 14 points in 13 career games against Calgary.
  • Shawn Horcoff needs approximately 15 minutes of icetime tonight to play his 14,000th minute in the NHL.
  • Ryan Whitney needs one goal to reach 50 for his career.
  • Calgary is one of the few teams in the league to take fewer shots per game than Edmonton at 26.7 per game to the Oilers' 27.1 per game
  • Edmonton ranks 7th in the league in penalties drawn per game at 3.7 but ranks 27th in penalties taken per game at 3.7
  • Edmonton ranks 18th in the league in penalty differential at -0.06
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