While the Oilers have struggled in the season series against the Flames at 0-2-1, they've been a better team of late under Todd Nelson, winning three of their last four. Both teams have an identical 5-5 record in their last ten games. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this one is up for grabs.
How to Tune In
The puck drops at 8:00 PM MT on CBC.
What to Watch For From the Oilers
Anton Lander got his paws in on every one of the Oilers goals against Buffalo on Thursday (1G, 2A). With seven points in his twelve games with the big club this season, we're finally seeing the kind of production one can reasonably expect from Lander given his success at the AHL level as well as his second-round draft pick status. Look for Lander to build off the strong performance and maintain his level of offensive play—he might just earn himself a roster spot in 2015-2016.
Or maybe he won't (looking at you, Marty Marincin).
What to Watch For From the Flames
From the team over at Matchsticks and Gasoline:
Meanwhile, the Flames are coming off a game they could have won maybe if they had a guy like Sven Baertschi in the line-up. The 1-0 loss despite it being a victory for the team possession wise was a loss that we didn't need. Especially if you're a believer in the playoff race. As usual here is our recap and underlying numbers recap. I hope Sven has fun in the press-box tonight eating pocket dogs.
It was announced today that Nikita Nikitin will miss 4-6 weeks. The significance of that?
Nikita Nikitin injured through the trade deadline..— Travis Yost (@TravisHeHateMe) January 31, 2015