NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 20th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (25-17-4) at Edmonton Oilers (23-20-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will aim for their third consecutive
victory tonight, when they welcome provincial rival Calgary to Rexall Place on
the last day of action before the NHL All-Star break.
The Oilers posted a solid home win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday in a
rematch of last year's Western Conference finals. Ryan Smyth had a three-point
night with two goals and an assist to lead Edmonton past Anaheim, 4-1.
Jason Smith and Toby Petersen also scored while Dwayne Roloson finished with
23 saves for the Oilers, who are playing the second test of a five-game
homestand tonight. Edmonton is 14-8-2 as the host club this year.
The Oilers first game after the break will be next Friday's home test against
Calgary earned a big home win Friday evening, as it defeated the suddenly-
struggling Anaheim Ducks, Stephane Yelle tallied the deciding goal in the
second period, and the Flames hung on to beat the Ducks, 3-2, at the
Alex Tanguay and Dion Phaneuf also tallied for the Flames, who have won six of
eight and put the brakes on a two-game skid.
Daymond Langkow notched his 30th assist to tie Jarome Iginla for the team-
lead, while Miikka Kiprusoff was solid between the pipes with 22 saves.
Calgary holds a league-best 19-5-0 record on home ice, but begins a three-game
road trip this evening. The Flames, who are just 6-12-4 as the away team, will
visit the Minnesota Wild next Friday after the break.
The Flames and Oilers have met five times this season and Calgary has taken
three of those encounters.
01/20 10:58:00 ET