NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, December 31st
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (18-17-2) at Calgary Flames (18-14-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames shoot for their second consecutive
victory tonight, when they host the Edmonton Oilers in a Northwest Division
battle at the Saddledome.
The Northwest Division is extremely competitive this season with just three
points separating the first and last place teams. Vancouver is at the top with
41 points, Calgary and Minnesota are tied with 40 points and Edmonton and
Colorado are last with 38 points apiece.
The Flames ended a three-game skid Friday night against Los Angeles. Kristian
Huselius' two late scores helped Calgary escape with a 6-4 win the Kings.
Huselius also notched an assist, Jarome Iginla posted a goal and three
helpers, and Alex Tanguay picked up a goal and one assist for Calgary.
Daymond Langkow also registered a goal and one assist, while Miikka Kiprusoff
stopped 32 shots to pick up the win.
The Flames, who are 13-4-0 in Calgary this year, are playing the second test
of a six-game homestand tonight.
Meanwhile, the Oilers are coming off Saturday's setback to the Canucks.
Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin each had a pair of goals to lift Vancouver to
the 6-2 triumph at Rexall Place.
Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Shawn Horcoff accounted for the only Edmonton goals
and Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves in defeat.
The Oilers have just one win in their last six games, and only two wins in
their last nine.
Edmonton and the Flames have met three times this season and the Oilers have
won two of those tests.
12/31 10:33:48 ET