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GAME PREVIEW: Game 31/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames

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After Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Vancouver, Oilers in Calgary looking to start a new winning streak

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Edmonton Oilers (18-12-0, 3rd in North) @

Calgary Flames (13-12-3, 5th North)

15 March 2021

Scotiabank Saddledome

7 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West, Sportsnet One

Radio: 630 CHED

GROUNDED IN BC

Thatcher Demko turned aside 34 saves for the Canucks and Tyler Myers scored the game winners as Vancouver picked up their thirteenth win of the season via a 2-1 final. Bo Horvat was credited with his twelfth of the season on a power play midway through the second after a scramble was created in front of the crease. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl tied it up just four minutes later while the Oilers were on the advantage. Mikko Koskinen turned aside 26 of 28 total shots, but the Canucks held on for the win.

The Oilers will set up for two in Calgary beginning with a matchup tonight. Can the Oilers knock off Darryl Sutter’s Flames?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

“We did some things alright, we had some chances, but we didn’t win...“We’ve got to come here with the mindset [that] we’ve got to do whatever it takes to win, and we didn’t do it tonight.”

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That’s Oilers coach Dave Tippett after his club’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Saturday night.

The Oilers defeated Ottawa by a 6-2 margin on Friday and were in BC the next night. They could have picked up two points, but the bounces didn’t happen.

THE FLAMES ARE SAYING

“I think [our confidence] is way up...We’re a lot sharper right now. We’re playing together. When you’re playing faster and moving your feet it’s going to generate a lot more looks, and that’s what we’re getting right now”

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That’s Flames forward Sean Monahan on his club’s 3-1 victory over the Montréal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Score a couple of goals and pick up the win. The Calgary Flames are 2-0 since Darryl Sutter has rejoined the club behind the bench.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • Aside from lineup decisions that I will never understand, the Bo Horvat goal was probably the most frustrating thing I’ve seen this season. You know the one, where everyone and their brother was out in front of Koskinen for five seconds while nobody could see the puck? Credit the officials for never losing sight of this puck, something everybody else did early on into this melee.
  • Tyson Barrie has probably become the most polarizing Oiler this season. He’s putting up points on the board, which is good! He’s getting the puck on the net often, which is good as well. If he could have passed the puck to Leon Draisiatl for a one timer with 90 seconds left in regulation, that would have been awesome. My fear on Barrie is that a big point total coupled with questionable defence will lead to a giant payday, but for now, enjoy the points as they come.
  • Devin Shore had a pretty assist to Jujhar Khaira against Ottawa last week, but I’m not sure that a line of Devin Shore / Jujhar Khaira / Patrick Russell is long for the lineup. I’d like to see a healthy Dominik Kahun somewhere in or around this lineup.
  • SUTTER-FEST: I’m happy the Flames got their cowboy in coach Darryl Sutter, but the amount of Sutter talk you’re going to hear if the Flames win this game is going to be at a fever pitch. The Oilers would do wise by taking this game down early and with a bunch of goals, else we’re going to hear about grit for the next three weeks.
  • NET GAINS: I’ve got Mike Smith (9-2-0, .927 SV%, 2.16 GAA / 2 SO) going for the Oilers tonight. For Calgary, Jacob Markstrom (10-7-2, .911 SV% / 2.67 GAA / 2 SO) is a likely candidate to start.
  • SCRATCHES: It wouldn’t surprise me to hear that Zack Kassian is ready for one of these two games against the Flames this week. Defenceman Kris Russell is day-to-day with a lower body injury. For the Calgary Flames, Joakim Nordstrom is day-to-day with a lower body inury.