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Here's a fun exercise for Oilers fans, especially if you're already in a good mood based on Kevin Lowe's moves this summer, or alternately, his attack on Brian Burke on the Team 1260 the other night: check out the official Flames depth chart. Here's what the forwards look like:

Cammalleri - Langkow - Iginla
Bourque - Lombardi - Moss
Nystrom - Conroy - Boyd
Glencross - Primeau - Prust
Greentree/Nilson

Now, here are the lines in terms of NHL goals last season:

19 - 30 - 50: 99
10 - 14 - 4: 28
3 - 12 - 7: 22
15 - 3 - 0: 18
0/3

That's 170 total goals (a respectable number) from the top-12, with 58% of them belonging to the top line, and 29% belonging to Iginla. By comparison, here's the Oilers forwards, agains from the official team website:

Cole (22) - Horcoff (21) - Hemsky (20): 63
Nilsson (10) - Gagner (13) - Cogliano (18): 41
Penner (23) - Brodziak (14) - Pisani (13): 50
Moreau (5) - Pouliot (1) - Stortini (3): 9
Potulny/Schremp/Brule (0/0/1)

That's 163 total goals from the top-12, but here is the kicker: only 39% of them belong to the top line, and only 14% were from the leader (Penner). The Oilers, very much unlike the Flames, can run out three lines that are offensive threats. IT is so bad over there in Calgary that one website has Curtis Glencross listed as the 2nd-line LW. Let us know how that works for you.