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Preseason Game Preview: Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames

Preseason starts tonight in Calgary with a tilt at the Saddledome

Vegas Golden Knights v Edmonton Oilers
Preseason action begins tonight in Calgary.
Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (0-0-0, 0 points, Preseason)


Calgary Flames (0-0-1, 1 point, Preseason)


Scotiabank Saddledome

TV: OilersTV™ (in AB/SK/NWT/NU area)

Radio: 630 CHED

  • I’ve got Connor withdrawl. Maybe tomorrow versus the Canucks?
  • Three prospects were returned to their junior clubs last night - winger Kirill Maksimov, defenceman Dmitri Samorukov, and goaltender Olivier Rodrique. The Oilers still have nearly sixty skaters, there are plenty more cuts to come in the days ahead.
  • Look for 2018 second round selection Ryan McLeod to get at least a preseason game or two before heading back to Mississauga (OHL). McLeod is one I’m excited about, he’s a dart on the ice and he’s been killing it with the Steelheads.
  • Darnell Nurse is still without a contract. There’s talk that he may be looking north of 4MM for one year (source), though the Oilers are probably looking somewhere closer to what Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey signed for (3.15 x 2 years). Nurse could be holding out for a one year deal, which would give him arbitration rights in 2019-20. (Edit: He’s signed for two years at 3.2MM AAV)
  • Who’s in goal? Could it be Mikko Koskinen? Early reports are that he’s actually twelve feet tall. I look forward to see some in-game action from the man who could potentially challenge Cam Talbot in 2018-19.
  • Flames are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in China on Saturday night. I’m not normally concerned with jet lag after a day’s rest, but there’s a fourteen hour difference from Alberta to Shanghai. The Flames went with their ‘A’ team in China, so they’ll probably be putting out mostly prospects tonight.