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Game Thread: Oilers @ Flames - Thrive On The Hate

The Oilers can begin digging the grave for Iginla's Flames

Dale MacMillan

The Oilers are coming off of one of the biggest wins for the franchise over the last five years. Yeah, things have been that bad in Edmonton - the third game of a random year can be the biggest win in five years

I had a paragraph here, but SB Nation's editor ate it, so, onto the team reports.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: Ralph Krueger stirred the drink again today, inserting Darcy Hordichuk into the lineup in an effort to find more high end skill and goal-scoring prowess. How the Flames match up against the Hordichuk line will determine the outcome of this game.

Nothing else changes for the Oilers.

Flames Report: The Flames are all over the place. Packed with forwards who have been ineffective to this point, the Flames get Roman Cervenka back from injury, which pushed Sven Baertschi to the bottom line. It seems strange to say, but the Flames really miss Olli Jokinen.

Oh yeah - Cory Sarich is somehow still in the league and in the Flames starting lineup.

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Magnus Paajarvi

Darcy Hordichuk - Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Mark Fistric

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Ben Eager, Potter, Corey, Teemu Hartikainen

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place, 8:00 pm MST
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

The Flames won four of the six matchups last season, going 2-1 both home and away.

The Flames have averaged a 5-1 record against the Oilers over the last three seasons, winning an astounding 15 of 18 divisional matchups in the Battle of Alberta.

  • Shawn Horcoff still needs one point to move into a tie for eighth on the Oilers all time scoring list with Esa Tikkanen Horcoff sits at 435 career points.
  • Darcy Hordichuk suits up for the first time this season -- no doubt his 4 minutes of ice time will be marked by skill and daring.

    Jordan Eberle has 12 points in 12 games against the Flames, while Taylor Hall has just 2 in 7.
    Sam Gagner is +6 against the Flames in 28 games, and has 19 points in those 28 games.

  • Miikka Kiprusoff is 32-13-3 against the Oilers all time.