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Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames game preview: No one loves you, Edmonton.

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The Edmonton Draft-Kings come to town looking extend their earth-shattering one game winning steak they started over Buffalo. While Calgary cautiously explains to Sven Baertschi that the press-box is just as fun as playing because they installed a new Nintendo 64 for him.

They're all looking at the Leafs jersey thrown on the ice.
They're all looking at the Leafs jersey thrown on the ice.
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Nothing is more satisfying as a resident of Edmonton than when your beloved Calgary Flames play the Oilers and in most cases, rip their still-beating hearts out of their chests and eat them at center ice. Eventually when both teams become elite (projected due date is like 30 years from now), we can take our children's children to these games and enjoy insanely talented teams play.

Edmonton is fresh off a victory over the Buffalo McDavids Sabres that I attended. I witnessed the glory of Zemgus Girgensons destroy Nikita Nikitin and I relished every moment of it. That said, the Oilers played pretty well and they won. You can check out Copper and Blue's recap for more info.

Meanwhile, the Flames are coming off a game they could have won maybe if they had a guy like Sven Baertschi in the line-up. The 1-0 loss despite it being a victory for the team possession wise was a loss that we didn't need. Especially if you're a believer in the playoff race. As usual here is our recap and underlying numbers recap. I hope Sven has fun in the press-box tonight eating pocket dogs.

The teams last met on New Years Eve and the Flames came out on top in OT thanks to Josh Jooris. Here are some video highlights to keep you entertained.

Game time: 8:00 p.m. MT

Channel: CBC HNIC and TVA Sports

All-time record: Calgary leads the all-time regular season series 107-90-18. Also let's not forget the horrendous 8-1 butt-kicking we gave the Oilers in Rexall last season. You can talk about your dynasty all you want, but that's in the past.

Common threads: One time Edmonton traded us Ladislav Smid and we're still trying to get rid of him. Last I heard, Brad Treliving was going to take him to Red Deer to the Donut Mill and leave him there. If you don't live in Alberta, you won't get that reference.

Edmonton Oilers captain and stray dog eater Andrew Ference used to be a Flame until he was traded to Boston. Then he came home to Edmonton to be a horrible captain of a horrible franchise.

Approaching milestones: Another year, another draft - "The Edmonton Oilers are pleased to select from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League... Connor McDavid." I'm sure there is some NHL record here for them -- maybe at six or seven top five picks, you get a free pizza from Panago or something.

David Wolf might be slotting in for Paul Byron which means this will be his first NHL game excluding pre-season!

Edit: Looks like Byron is in.

Mark Giordano is one game away from 500 after tonight's Battle of Alberta. So 499 tonight for our beloved Captain.

Current records and leaders

Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
26-20-3: 55 points 13-27-9: 35 points
Pacific Division: 4th Pacific Division: 7th
Western Conference: 8th Western Conference: 14th
Goal Differential: +13 Goal Differential: -49
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (25:05 per game)
Forward: Sean Monahan (19:24 per game)
Defence: Justin Schultz (21:43 per game)
Forward: RNH (21:20 per game)
Points
Goals: Johnny Gaudreau
Sean Monahan (15)
Assists: Mark Giordano (30)
Points: Jiri Hudler
Mark Giordano (41)
Goals: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Jordan Eberle (12)
Assists: Taylor Hall (18)
Points: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall (29)
Shots
Shots on goal: Mark Giordano (122)
Sean Monahan (121)
Shooting percentage: Josh Jooris (19.6%)
Matt Stajan (18.8%)
Shots on goal: Taylor Hall (123)
Shooting percentage: Derek Roy (23.1%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (49.8%, 1088 taken) Boyd Gordon (56.2%, 839 taken)
Grit
Penalty minutes: Brandon Bollig (42)
Hits: Lance Bouma (157)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (150)
Penalty minutes: Matt Hendricks (52)
Hits: Matt Hendricks (121)
Blocked shots: Mark Fayne (92)
ES Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 1/2 team's games played)
Corsi for%: Mark Giordano (49.29%, 49 GP)
Jiri Hudler (49.54%, 47 GP)
Fenwick for%: Josh Jooris (51.79%, 34 GP)
Jiri Hudler (50.22%, 47 GP)
Corsi for%: Jordan Eberle (53.36%, 48 GP)
Teddy Purcell (51.87%, 49 GP)
Fenwick for%: Teddy Purcell (50.53%, 49 GP)
Jordan Eberle (50.49%, 48 GP)


Possible starting lineups

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Mason Raymond Josh Jooris Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Paul Byron
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Rafa Diaz Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Edmonton Oilers
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Benoit Pouliot Ryan Nougat-Hopkins Jordan "ATB" Eberle
Nail Yakupov Derek Roy Teddy Purcell
Matt Hendricks Boyd Gordon Rob Klinkhammer
Matt Fraser Anton Lander Luke Gazdic
Left Defense Right Defense
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference Jeff Petry
Nikita Nikitin Mark Fayne
Goalies
Professor Ben Scrivens
Viktor "not so" Fasth