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Hot Links: Tuesday, January 28

Oilers and Flames tomorrow, but for real this time! Trade deadline talk, WEM practice, Matt Benning’s return, and MORE!

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Morning folks!

I’ve got less patience than a bad doctor by this stage, it’s long past time for the Oilers to play a hockey game again.

Luckily, they’re back in action tomorrow — but really tomorrow this time — against those losers from Calgary. Two huge points will be up for grabs in this high leverage divisional matchup, and the Oilers — and Zack Kassian — will be looking for some form of revenge against their QE2 rivals.

Ahead of the trade deadline, Lowetide explains why Adam Larsson might be a better trade candidate than Kris Russell.

On the eve of the second installment of this year’s Battle of Albertans, former players weigh in on the current state of the historical rivalry.

Corey provided his latest look at the Farm and all things Oil Country hockey teams yesterday, while Jeff profiled tomorrow’s huge game.

Matt Benning has been recalled from his conditioning stint in Bakersfield with no setbacks, meaning he stands a chance to draw in tomorrow night.

From Us

The Farm & Unincorporated Oil Country - January 27 (Copper and Blue)

Very Important Game: Battle of Alberta (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Monday, January 27 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

A Preview Of Coming Attractions (Lowetide)

Watch: Edmonton Oilers Hold Open Practice At West Edmonton Mall (Sun)

Oilers Ready To Resume Hostilities With Flames After Chummy All-Star Break (Sportsnet)

Leadership (Oilersnation)

Ex-Enforcer Sheehy Doesn’t Think Tkachuk Should Have To Fight Kassian (Sportsnet)

Oilers’ Kassian Revels In Calm As NHL Braces For Renewal Of Battle Of Alberta (CBC)

Breakfast In America (Lowetide)

For Money

Lowetide: Why The Oilers Are More Likely To Trade Adam Larsson Than Kris Russell (Athletic)

Ahead Of The Next Matthew Tkachuk–Zack Kassian Matchup, Battle Of Alberta Veterans Weigh In On The Feud (Athletic)