NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 21st (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (34-18-6) at Edmonton Oilers (29-25-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Another edition of the Battle of Alberta is on tap tonight, as the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames visit the Edmonton Oilers for tonight's clash at Rexall Place.
The Oilers have won two of the three encounters with Calgary so far this year, but the Flames notched a 6-4 home win the last time the clubs met on New Year's Eve. Edmonton has taken five of eight and six of the last 10 overall matchups in the series, and the Flames have dropped three of its four most recent road tests against the Oilers.
Calgary comes into tonight's contest having won three of its last four contests and with 74 points, has an eight-point advantage over Vancouver for first place in the Northwest as well as the third seed in the Western Conference.
The Flames have gone past regulation in back-to-back games, as they dropped a shootout decision to Vancouver on Tuesday before bouncing back with an overtime win two nights later at Minnesota.
Adrian Aucoin scored the game-winner with 1:10 left in OT to help Calgary notch the 3-2 win over the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd tallied in regulation for the Flames.
Miikka Kiprusoff was steady between the pipes for the Flames, stopping 25- of-27 shots. Kiprusoff, who leads the NHL with 34 wins this season, is 17-10-2 with a tie in 30 career games against the Flames. The Finnish backstop also boasts a stellar 2.00 goals against average and .928 save percentage in those outings.
The Flames are 14-11-2 as the visiting team this year and have won three straight on the road. After tonight, Calgary will return to the Saddledome for a three-game homestand that is scheduled to begin Tuesday against Columbus.
Edmonton, meanwhile, has lost its last two tilts on the heels of a three-game winning streak. The Oilers are currently 12 points in back of the Flames for the division lead, but hold a one-point edge on Anaheim for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference.
The Oilers went 2-2-0 on a recent four-game road trip and capped the swing with a loss Thursday night at Dallas. Fabian Brunnstrom scored the game-winner early in the second period as the Stars doubled up Edmonton, 4-2, at American Airlines Center.
Liam Reddox and Shawn Horcoff provided the offense for the Oilers, while Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on 25 shots in defeat.
Roloson has struggled in 28 career starts against Calgary, going 9-16-3 in those games. He surrendered five goals on 36 shots in the loss to the Flames on December 31.
Tonight's test is the opener of a four-game homestand for Edmonton. The Oilers are 13-11-3 as the host this year and have won five of their last eight home tests.
02/21 10:51:56 ET