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GAME THREAD: Game 49/56 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

Oilers look to finish season series with Flames on a high note after being outscored 8-1 in the last two meetings.

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images


Edmonton Oilers (29-17-2, 2nd in North Division)


Calgary Flames (13-22-4, 7th in North Division)

Where & When

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Rogers Place

Edmonton, AB, Canada

8:00 PM MST

Watch & Listen

TV - Sportsnet West / HNIC

Stream - Sportsnet Now

Radio - 630 CHED

SBN Counterpart: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Good evening, folks!

Tonight marks the last Battle of Alberta of the 2021 season, with the host Edmonton Oilers looking for a rebound result after suffering a couple of tough losses in a row at the hands of the visiting Calgary Flames.

McLeoder for the People in the Back

That’s right, folks, Ryan McLeod will make his debut in the Oilers top six after a tidy start to his NHL career that’s seen him post a 56.24% xGF% since his arrival. His two linemates tonight, Jesse Puljujarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, are sitting at 55.44% and 55.23%, respectively, and should provide the young man with a nice platform for succeeding tonight. That the Super Line will be ahead of them, presumably drawing the more difficult matchup, should help clear a bit of runway for them, too.

He’s Alive

Sure, the picture’s of Ethan Bear, but there is at least some verbal about Evan Bouchard’s existence. That’s reassuring.