NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 15th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (6-8-0-1) at Edmonton Oilers (7-7-2-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try to move back above the .500 mark
tonight when they kick off a four-game homestand against the Calgary Flames
in a battle of Alberta at the Skyreach Centre.
On Thursday, Ty Conklin stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his first
career NHL shutout, leading Edmonton to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Ethan Moreau and Mike York scored for the Oilers, who finished a six-game road
trip with a 3-2-1 record.
Edmonton has lost just twice in its last eight games overall (4-2-2) and a win
tonight would move the Oilers over the break-even mark for the first time
since it was 3-2 on October 18.
Minnesota had multiple excellent scoring chances in the first period, with
Marian Gaborik getting two chances at Conklin behind the defense. Conklin
stood tall both times, though.
Conklin also faced a tough Christoph Brandner slap shot from the right faceoff
circle with less than six minutes to play. Finally, the Edmonton netminder got
caught out of the net twice in the last two minutes of the game, but was able
to scramble back into position both times.
The 27-year-old netminder, who improved to 3-2 on the year, while lowering his
goals-against-average to 2.07, continues to play in the absence of Tommy Salo,
who is nursing an injured hip. Salo has been activated from injured reserve,
but head coach Craig MacTavish doubts he will be ready to go tonight.
Brad Isbister, out with a chip fracture in his neck, missed his fourth
straight game on Thursday, but could return tonight.
The Oilers are 4-2-1 at home this season.
Calgary suffered its fourth loss in five games on Thursday, as it was upended
by the Nashville Predators, 4-1, at Gaylord Entertainment Center. Toni Lydman
scored the lone goal for Calgary, while Dany Sabourin made 18 saves between
the pipes for the Flames.
The Flames are 3-4-0-1 away from home this season.
Calgary has already beaten the Oilers twice this season and has won five of
the last six matchups. The Flames have also been victorious in six of their
last 10 in Edmonton.
11/15 10:45:34 ET