Calgary Flames (0-0-0) @
Edmonton Oilers (0-0-0)
04 October 2017 - 8 PM
Radio: 630 CHED
The Battle of Alberta kicks off our 2017-18 season. Let’s get it on.
Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Kailer Yamamoto
Drake Caggiula - Ryan Strome - Jussi Jokinen
Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Matt Benning
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Michael Ferlund
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg - Sam Bennett - Troy Brouwer
Tanner Glass - Matt Stajan - Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie - Travis Hamonic
Matt Bartkowski - Michael Stone
FOR THE OILERS
- It’s game one, and Edmonton’s got two of their big eggs on one line. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are expected to bring the noise together on the top line.
- Kailer Yamamoto will get his feet wet on line two with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. Can an impressive preseason spill over into the regular season?
- Cam Talbot’s long journey begins tonight. The Oilers are sticking with Laurent Brossoit to spell Talbot; here’s hoping Talbot can take about ten more games off this year than he did last year.
- The Oilers can do a damn good job of exploiting Calgary’s fourth line which consists of some interesting parts. Matt Stajan, Tanner Glass (!!) and Garnet Hathaway are going to have a time of it tonight if they’re up against Edmonton’s top line.
- Edmonton will be tested by Calgary’s top four on defence. The Flames received a significant boost by acquiring Travis Hamonic this offseason. He’ll make his Flames debut tonight.
- Calgary will live and die by their goaltending this year, and tonight’s the first game in a Flames uniform for Mike Smith. Smith was brought over from Arizona after posting a .914 all-situations SV% in 2016-17.
- The Flames blew up the internet when they signed Jaromir Jagr on Monday. Calgary didn’t make it official until today, and Jagr will not be in the lineup.
- Questions surround the Oiler defence after Klefbom-Larsson. If the Flames can apply pressure to the Oilers’ second or third pair, it could spell trouble for Edmonton.