NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 10th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (14-12-3) at Calgary Flames (13-13-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Flames will try to continue their dominance of the
rival Edmonton Oilers tonight, as the Battle of Alberta resumes this evening
at Calgary's Saddledome.
Calgary is 2-0 this season against the Oilers and the Flames are riding a
seven-game winning streak in the series. The Flames, who are boasting a 7-3-0
record against Northwest Division foes this year, have also taken 14 of 15 and
16 of the last 18 encounters with Edmonton.
Edmonton has also dropped nine straight in Calgary and the Oilers haven't
tasted victory at the Saddledome since Oct. 17, 2008.
The Oilers hosted the Flames last Saturday and Calgary skated away with a 5-3
victory. Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves to earn the victory and improve his
career record against Edmonton to 30-12-2 with a tie.
Calgary followed last Saturday's win over the Oilers with a 5-1 setback the
following night in Vancouver, but the Flames have since rebounded with
consecutive home wins against Carolina and Colorado. The Flames, who are 7-5-2
on home ice this year, are completing a three-game residency tonight before
heading out for four straight on the road.
The Flames have also dominated the recent history with Colorado and Olli
Jokinen scored a tie-breaking goal with 4:50 remaining in the third period to
lift the Flames to Thursday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche. It was the ninth
consecutive victory in the series for Calgary.
Lee Stempniak and Curtis Glencross also scored in the third while Colorado
forward T.J. Galiardi served a double-minor for high-sticking. Kiprusoff
needed to make just 16 saves for the win.
"Our power play produced tonight, which was very good," said Calgary head
coach Brent Sutter.
The Oilers, meanwhile, were able to end a two-game slide as they closed a
five-game homestand with a 4-1 win over Colorado. It was just the second win
in the last seven games for Edmonton.
Sam Gagner scored twice and added an assist to help the Oilers post the win
over the Avalanche. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist while Ben Eager
also lit the lamp for the Oilers. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in the
"It was a big improvement, a better effort and just way more commitment to the
little things we need to do to be successful," said Edmonton head coach Tom
Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins enter tonight riding six-game point streaks.
Eberle has four goals and four assists during his run, while Nugent-Hopkins
has three goals and five helpers.
Edmonton has lost five of its last seven road games and is just 5-7-1 as the
visiting team this season.
12/10 11:00:11 ET