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Flames @ Oilers Game 72 Preview

the Battle of Alberta is HEATING UP



28-35-7 .9 p/g Ranks 25-37-9, .83  p/g
Western Conference: 13th Western Conference: 14th
26th P/G 29th
28th ST 26th
29th ES 27th
25th Goal 28th
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Well, Pop My Gut And Call Me Deflated

Tough to play against?  Turned a corner, you hear?  Yeah, about all that.  The Oilers get on the board in the first period with a goal from Taylor Hall, but a pair of goals from Cory Conacher helped propel the Sabres to just their fifth regulation road victory all season.

The Sabres entrusted rookie Matt Hackett to make his first career start against the Oilers, and you know what happens when a rookie goaltender gets a start against Les Oilers.

These were very good answers, and they were almost spot on.  Hackett turned aside 35 of 36 Oiler shots en route to his first career victory.

And the beat goes on.  Tonight, the Oilers face the Calgary Flames for the final Battle of Alberta of the 2013-14 season.  My God, what a sad sack of affairs the Battle Of Alberta has become.  My worst fear is that Calgary becomes substantially better than the Oilers before the Oilers become average.  That's really not my worst fear, but it's up there with "Luke Gazdic Gets Multi-Year Deal".

The Oilers are saying

"It's good news that he's stayed throughout practice today...But we'll just have to see how that reacts but I think he would be first back in the door right now out of the group and I'm hopeful that our half a dozen guys that are hurting are still able to go tomorrow."

That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Jordan Eberle's injury status.  Eberle was kept out of Thursday's game with a knee injury he sustained against the Predators on Tuesday.  Eberle was slated to get an MRI this week, but it was later determined that he wouldn't need one.

The Opponent is saying

"I thought we almost had one at the end there.  It would have been nice.  You can't expect to win games when you give up six, for sure"
That's Flames forward Mike Cammalleri dropping some grade-A knowledge.  Cammalleri scored his second goal of the night with two and a half minutes remaining in the third period, but Calgary was unable to score one more, giving the Jets a 6-5 victory at the Dome.

Points Ales Hemsky Has Since Being Traded
  • 8 (1-7) in seven games.  This includes that space-age out of this world moon waffle of a goal that he scored versus Tampa on Thursday night.  Missed it?  Y'ought to check it out.  Seen it 500 times already?  Yeah, me too.  If this makes you uncomfortable about our team, rest assured, comrade.  We got a third and a fifth round pick for Ales Hemsky, it'll all work out.  This rebuild has been great, you guys.
Have some of this
  • Jack Michaels says that Viktor Fasth (2-0-1, .940)  is starting today, and I'm not one to argue with Jack Michaels...yet.   Fasth's last outing was Edmonton's 5-1 romp over the Predators on Tuesday.
  • Karri Ramo (11-10-4, .908) gets the nod for Calgary.
  • The Oilers scratched Steve MacIntyre before Thursday's game versus the Sabres, which kind of surprised me.  If Eberle is back, that's one less spot for MacIntyre to take, which means they're totally gonna dress him on the fourth line, aren't they.
  • Anton Belov has been cleared to play.  There's at least one defencemen I could spot him in for right now without any issue.  I'll give you a hint as to who it is:  his name rhymes with "lark blaisure"
  • The Oilers host the Flames tonight, they then face nine teams currently in a playoff position in their final ten games.  Make this one count, gents.

The Calgary Flames

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Jiri Hudler

Mike Cammalleri - Mikael Backlund - Paul Byron

Ken Agostino - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne

Lance Bouma - T.J. Galiardi - Brian McGrattan

Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie

Ladislav Smid - Tyler Wotherspoon

Kris Russell - Chris Butler

Karri Ramo


The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - David Perron

Anton Lander - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Tyler Pitlick

Luke Gazdic - Ryan Smyth - Ryan Jones

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry

Oscar Klefbom - Mark Fraser

Ben Scrivens