Prior to that, a little appetizer.
The Oilers will be hooking up with their provincial rivals as they’ll host the Flames two weeks from tonight in a one game exhibition. All 24 teams are scheduled to play one exhibition game prior to the start of that weekend’s play-in.
Exhibtion games looking like they’ll have a regional bent. Hearing — East: MON/TOR, FLA/TB, NYR/NYI, PIT/PHI, WASH/CAR & CLB/BOS. West: CAL/EDM, VAN/WIN, CHI/STL, NASH/DAL, ARIZ/LV & MIN/COL.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 14, 2020
There will be twelve games spread across three days - four games a day. Two will take place each day in Edmonton, while two will take place in Toronto. The Battle of Alberta will be featured on the 28th, while famous rivalries like Leafs / Habs and Islanders / Rangers will round out three days of exhibition hockey.
It’s unclear as to how much time the superstars will skate on this game, though I’d expect to see them get their legs going for at least a good portion of it. While it’ll be fun to see the Oilers take on an actual opponent that means absolutely nothing towards standings or playoff seeding, avoiding key injuries ought to be the number one priority.
Even if it’s against the Flames.