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Friday, October 17th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (2-0-0) at Calgary Flames (1-1-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Northwest Division rivals square off this evening, when the Edmonton Oilers pay a visit to the Calgary Flames in the opener of a home-and- home series at the Saddledome.

The series will then shift to Edmonton's Rexall Place Saturday night.

Edmonton has won its first two games of the season and will wrap up a brief two-game road trip tonight against Calgary in the Battle of Alberta.

In Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the Honda Center, Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky each lit the lamp for the Oilers, whose season kicked off with 12 of 15 games on the road.

Goaltender Mathieu Garon made 33 saves to preserve the win. Horcoff leads the team with two goals, while Denis Grebeshkov leads the way with three points on three assists.

Calgary dropped its first two games of the season before posting a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in the second of three straight games at the Saddledome.

Todd Bertuzzi posted a pair of goals and put the Flames ahead for good with about nine minutes to go in regulation. Bertuzzi has a team-high three goals in his first three games. Jarome Iginla finished with a goal and an assist for Calgary, which got two assists each from Daymond Langkow, Dion Phaneuf and Mike Cammalleri. Phaneuf leads the team with four points and four helpers.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 25-of-29 shots in net to collect the win.

Edmonton and Calgary split eight meetings a year ago, but the Flames have won two of three and eight of the last 13 matchups in this series.

The Oilers have lost six of their last nine games at Calgary.

10/17 10:43:43 ET


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