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Oilers @ Flames Game 38 Preview

Edmonton takes a one game winning streak into Calgary. Provincial rivals face off for Edmonton's final game of 2014.

A win?  Whoa.
A win? Whoa.
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

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20-15-3, 43 points, 1.132 p/g


20-15-3, 43 points, 1.132 p/g

Western Conference - 14th Western Conference -9th
30th P/G 18th
25th ST 28th
29th ES 9th
30th Goal 15th
7:30 PM MDT
Scotiabank Saddledome
The opposing view: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Oilers Victorious Against Kings...Barely

You're likely getting your clock cleaned if you got outshot 15-1 in the third period.  But wait!  The Oilers built up a two goal lead over forty minutes of play. Eventually, they surrendered that two goal lead in the third period when they got shellacked on the shot clock.  But wait!  The Oilers hung on for a five minute overtime period.  Hang on now!  David Perron scored the lone shootout goal to give the Oilers a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles, who can't seem to win a game away from home.  Oilers win for only the second time since November 9.  Break out the mixers.

The Oilers are saying

"I'm not sure it has sunk in yet.  It is more or less a relief.  It's a relief for everyone to get this win under our belts, and now we can build on the result."

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on getting his first win behind the Oilers bench.

I know it's going to be another lottery season in Edmonton, but man, it feels good to win once in a while.  It's surely a relief for the Oilers, Todd Nelson, the players, and everyone else in the organization.  Surely the fans enjoy winning once every season, especially the ones who pay upwards of $200 to sit in the seats.  Todd Nelson's sentence goes beyond the room. The Oilers got killed on the shot clock, and the goaltending held on long enough.  It feels good, man.

The Opponent is saying

"Learning to win is the toughest that you can do at the NHL level"

The Flames suffered a blowout in December when they were winless in eight games (0-7-1).  They've won three straight, so moods have undoubtedly changed for the better.  Calgary soundly defeated the Oilers 4-1 on Saturday, and is 2-0-0 in two games against les Oilers so far this year.

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  • THE NEW GUYS - Derek Roy had the primary assist on the first goal of the game scored by Matt Hendricks, which should keep people from telling me that getting Derek Roy during the UFA season was a bad idea for at least a couple of minutes.  Roy finished with fourteen and a half minutes of ice, and a couple of minutes of power play time.  Matt Fraser had a couple of shots and a blocked shot in thirteen minutes of ice.
  • Ben Scrivens (6-13-5, .895 SV%)  was pretty good last night, turning aside 37 of 39 shots in 65 minutes of play.  He'll say he wants to play, but the time is right to put Viktor Fasth (2-9-2, .881 SV%) in for the tail of a back-to-back.  Jonas Hiller (12-10-2, .919) will start for Calgary.
  • Last night's win doubled Edmonton's record against the West.  They're now sitting at a rosy 2-18-6 against teams from the Campbell Conference.  Your move, Flames.
  • It sure sounds like the Oilers will be sending Leon Draisaitl to the Dub this weekend.  That's something they probably should have done about thirty games ago.  Half a surprise is better than none, I suppose.
  • Can we get another game without Mark Spector? How much do we have to pay?