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Wish there was something real, wish there was something true: Flames @ Edmonton Oilers preview (12/82)

This ain't no lullaby

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers - 8:00pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV CBC (Hockey Night In Canada) TVAS
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at The Copper & Blue

Pfft. Gah. Damn. Blast. What a crock of....ahem. Time to start wishing. (This song is VERY much NSFW)

A team has NEVER made the playoffs after starting this badly. Either the Flames are going to break that trend, or they're going to go back to the rebuild (which, quite honestly, never really went away did it? And that's not a bad thing).

So, in order to reverse that trend, they start in Edmonton, and a trip to visit Connor McDavid - and it's live on national TV, so the entire country can see how bad they are!

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
5 Points 8
27th Overall Position 25th
13th (W) Conference 11th (W)
6th (P) Division 5th (P)
2-8-1 Season Record 4-7-0
4L (1OT) Current Streak 1W
125-110-19 Overall Vs 110-125-19
0-1-0 Season Vs 1-0-0
-23 Season Goal Difference -6
2 Goals For Average 2.55
4.09 Goals Against Average 3.09
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (25:16) Defence Justin Schultz (21:46)
Sean Monahan (20:10) Offence Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (21:15)
Jiri Hudler (4) Goals Connor McDavid (5)
Johnny Gaudreau (11) Assists Nail Yakupov (8)
Johnny Gaudreau (12)
Points Connor McDavid (12)
Brandon Bollig (35)
PIM Eric Gryba (15)
Mark Giordano (28) Shots On Goal Taylor Hall (43)
Joe Colborne (18.2) Shot % Leon Draisaitl (40)
Special Teams
12.9 Powerplay% 19.44
4 Powerplay Goals For 7
Four Skaters (1) PPG Leader Connor McDavid (2)
80 Penalty Kill % 80
7 PK Goals Conceded 7
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (55.3) FO% Anton Lander (55.2)
Jiri Hudler (67.08) ZSO% Nail Yakupov (70.00)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (53.43) Defence Mark Fayne (51.01)
Mikael Backlund (52.40) Forward Connor McDavid (52.35)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (54.67) Defence Mark Fayne (49.76)
Mikael Backlund (55.34) Forward Connor McDavid (53.55)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (86.14)
Joni Ortio (86.84)
Karri Ramo (87.91)
All Situations % Cam Talbot (90.43)
Anders Nilsson (90.2)
Jonas Hiller (87.65)
Joni Ortio (88.71)
Karri Ramo (85.53)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Cam Talbot (90.96)
Anders Nilsson (90.36)
Data courtesy of and


Montreal Canadiens 6-2 Calgary Flames

Game recap

What the hell am I supposed to say about that?

Projected lines

  • Karri Ramo starts because no keeper is good enough to earn the permanent starting spot.
  • As for the others, might as well put all the names in the hat and see what comes out, because it sure as hell ain't working as it is.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sam Bennett Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond Mikael Backlund David Jones
Derek Grant Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Karri Ramo (s) Joni Ortio
  • Jordan Eberle is on the LTIR for the Oilers, but skated with the team on Thursday. Tonight might be too soon for him.
  • Justin Schultz is out 2-4 weeks with a back injury, and will be missing alongside Matt Hendricks, Griffin Reinhart and Rob Klinkhammer.
Edmonton Oilers (c/o
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Leon Draisaitl
Iiro Pakarinen Anton Lander Teddy Purcell
Mark Fayne Mark Letestu Anton Slepyshev
Left Defence Right Defence
Darnell Nurse Andrej Sekera
Brandon Davidson Oscar Klefbom
Andrew Ference Eric Gryba
Cam Talbot (s) Anders Nilsson


No obvious milestones tonight folks.

Other games today

Road Home Time (MT)
Islanders Devils 11:00am
Sharks Stars 1:00pm
Predators Kings 2:00pm
Penguins Maple Leafs 5:00pm
Red Wings Senators 5:00pm
Bruins Lightning 5:00pm
Capitals Panthers 5:00pm
Jets Blue Jackets 5:00pm
Wild Blues 6:00pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be ordering the tanks.