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Oilers at Flames: Preview, lineups, how to watch and discussion thread

The Oilers and Flames do battle once again.

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What you need to know

Oilers Record: 1-0-0
Flames Record: 0-1-0

Oilers All-Time Record vs Calgary/Atlanta: 113-120-19-8
Goals For/Against: 877/899
Oilers Record Last Season vs Calgary: 2-3-0
Goals For/Against: 13/18

Puck Drop: 7:00PM MST
Television: Sportsnet 360
The Opposing View: Matchsticks and Gasoline | Twitter: @MatchsticksCGY

Tonight's Storyline

That was a fun game on Wednesday night, wasn't it? And not just because the Oilers won, that part was great, but with a combined 11 goals and plenty of chances at both ends of the rink it was a lot of fun to watch. I don't believe that hockey needs a lot of goals to be exciting, but rarely is a game with a lot of goals not exciting, and that game on Wednesday was exciting.

I doubt though that the men paid to coach these two teams enjoyed it nearly as much as we all did. Even for an early season game there were more defensive zone mistakes than either coach is likely willing to accept, and I'm sure that the players were told as much after the game. And then again yesterday. There are never any guarantees, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if tonight's game is a tighter affair defensively, with a couple fewer goals scored. I'll be hoping for the opposite though.

Line Combinations

Zack Kassian moves up in the lineup, replacing Anton Slepyshev on the Oilers' second line; Anton Lander takes Slepyshev's spot in the lineup, filling the hole on the fourth line where Kassian played on Wednesday. Also drawing in tonight is Eric Gryba who replaces the injured Brandon Davidson.


Forward Lines
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian
Patrick Maroon - Leon Draisaitl - Jesse Puljujärvi
Tyler Pitlick - Mark Letestu - Anton Lander

Defence Pairs
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson