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Let The Battle Begin
The 2016-17 saw the Oilers begin to erase a decade of disaster. Edmonton finished with 103 regular season points, a playoff berth, and a push to the second round of the playoffs before succumbing to the Anaheim Ducks. Today marks the beginning of the 2017-18 regular season; a season where they look to do all of that and a little bit more along the way.
The 2017-18 regular season begins with an inter-provincial Battle of Alberta with the Calgary Flames. Can the Oilers begin the new season on the right foot?
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"Obviously, there's big expectations and I think everybody feels the pressure...While we don't want ourselves ,I think everybody can see the potential of the team, particularly led by Connor. We're in this thing to win, but I think we have to not get ahead of ourselves and everyone has to keep their feet on the ground"
That's Oilers owner Daryl Katz on the expectations for this year's Edmonton Oilers.
There are big expectations. The books in Nevada suggest that the Oilers are the team to come out of the West this year. Some even have them going all the way. That's almost surreal to hear after the last decade. Getting to the playoffs is the first start. Start by winning tonight.
The opponents are saying
"Games like this you really get up for...Games like this, you really want to play."
That's Flames goaltender Mike Smith.
Along with a few Flames, this will be goaltender Mike Smith's first game in a Battle of Alberta. Along with Smith, Calgary newcomer Travis Hamonic will get his first taste of the BOA.
Have some of this