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Your own personal Jesus: Flames vs Edmonton Oilers preview (5/82)

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames - 8pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV CBC Sportsnet One
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan

Everybody make way! Here comes the new saviour! He's like the old one, but better!

The trumpets will be sounding, the people will be bowing, the press will be hailing...all for the first competitive appearance of Connor McDavid in the Battle of Alberta.

No? No, probably not. He'll play, but he'll get the same response any player in an Oilers jersey will get. No, we'll be focussing on our own young messiahs, Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau, to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude, as without them, the Flames would be pointless. Which, incidently, is what the Oilers are.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
Record
2 Points 0
25th Overall Position 29th
11th (W) Conference 14th (W)
4th (P) Division 7th (P)
1-3-0 Overall Record 0-4-0
125-110-19 Overall Vs 110-125-19
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-6 Season Goal Difference -8
2 Goals For Average 1.25
3.5 Goals Against Average 3.25
Time On Ice/Game
Kris Russell (24:58) Defence Justin Schultz (24:11)
Sean Monahan (20:29) Offence Taylor Hall (21:37)
Points
Jiri Hudler (2)
Goals Five Skaters (1)
Johnny Gaudreau (4) Assists Four Skaters (1)
Johnny Gaudreau (5) Points Nine skaters (1)
Special Teams
20 Powerplay% 7.14
2 Powerplay Goals For 1
Dougie Hamilton (1)
Jiri Hudler (1)
PPG Leader Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1)
83.3 Penalty Kill % 92.31
2 PK Goals Conceded 1
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Shots
Johnny Gaudreau (13) Shots On Goal Taylor Hall (20)
Jiri Hudler (25) Shot % Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (51.32) FO% Matt Hendricks (58.14)
Josh Jooris (71.43) ZSO% Connor McDavid (75)
Benoit Pouliot (75)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (17) PIM Eric Gryba (9)
Micheal Ferland (17) Hits Matt Hendricks (8)
Kris Russell (13) Blocked Shots Matt Hendricks (8)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (57.3) Defence Andrew Ference (52)
Sam Bennett (53.68) Forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (59.8)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (53.62) Defence Andrew Ference (55.56)
Lance Bouma (56.76) Forward Taylor Hall (53.49)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (89.66)
Karri Ramo (90.41)
All Situations % Anders Nilsson (94.12)
Cam Talbot (90.59)
Jonas Hiller (91.67)
Karri Ramo (88.3)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Anders Nilsson (92.5)
Cam Talbot (90.28)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

Don't I know you?

Andrew Ference is still in the NHL at the age of 36. Ladislav Smid was acquired from Edmonton but won't play tonight.

ICYMI

Calgary Flames 1-3 Winnipeg Jets

Game recap

Much like the last game of the regular season in 2014/15, Sam Bennett forced play to make sure the game started well, and it pretty much fell apart after that. It could have been worse, but a few players went missing that cannot afford to go missing tonight.

Hey, the Flames are on a losing streak now. Let's stop that.

Projected lines

  • Today's morning skate was optional, and apparently Bob Hartley liked all four lines against Winnipeg, so it's as you were.
  • Jonas Hiller had a goal to himself, which means he starts (according to Roger Millions).
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Brandon Bollig Josh Jooris Mason Raymond
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Karri Ramo

  • Jordan Eberle is on the injured reserve, and will miss out tonight.
  • The Oilers have been trying new powerplay units out, but are expected to keep the same basic lines.
Winnipeg Jets
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Matt Hendricks
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Anton Shepyshev
Luke Gazdic Mark Letestu Teddy Purcell
Left Defence Right Defence
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Griffin Reinhart Eric Gryba
Goalies
Cam Talbot Anders Nilsson

Other games tonight

Road Home Time (MT)
Red Wings Canadiens 5:00pm
Predators Senators 5:00pm
Sabres Lightning 5:00pm
Stars Panthers 5:00pm
Maple Leafs Penguins 5:00pm
Hurricanes Capitals 5:00pm
Sharks Islanders 5:30pm
Blue Jackets Blackhawks 6:30pm
Bruins Coyotes 8:00pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be averting our eyes from majesty.