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Battle of Alberta Round 4 Preview: Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers 1/16/2016 (42/82)

The Flames and Oilers face-off for the 4th time this season.

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Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers, 10 PM ET, Rexall Place, Edmonton Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: CBC, RSN, Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames make the road trip north for a battle with the Edmonton Oilers. This is game 4 of 5 between the storied rivals and the Flames hold the season series advantage 2-1. These two last played on December 27th with the Flames winning 5-3. Calgary comes into this game looking to grab 2 much needed points and send Edmonton further into the Western basement.  The Oilers aren't playing their best hockey as of late, having dropped 4 in a row and sliding further away from the playoffs. The Flames won't have to deal with Connor McDavid tonight as the talented rookie will be sitting out until after the All Star break. The Flames will also be switching out Jiri Hudler for Michael Frolik tonight. Hudler isn't quite where he needs to be health wise and Frolik is ready to return. There's lots of young talent on the ice tonight and the Flames would love for their stars to come up big and defeat the Oilers in their own building. Here's a look at how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
20-20-2 Record 17-23-5
42 Points 39
6th Pacific Division 7th Pacific
9th West Conference 10th West
5-5 Last 10 Games 2-8
114 Goals For 106
128 Goals Against 132
Gaudreau (19) Goals Hall (16)
Gaudreau (43) Points Hall (41)
Ramo (.910) SV % Talbot (.912)
30th (14.4%) PP 26th  (17.3%)
30th (74%) PK 21st (79.4%)

Calgary last took the ice on Wednesday night and annihilated the Florida Panthers 6-0. Sam Bennett had a first period hat trick and the Flames never looked back. Jonas Hiller got the start and had a fairly easy night. Here are the highlights:

The Oilers have dropped 4 straight, the last one coming on Thursday night by way of a 2-1 shoot out loss to the San Jose Sharks. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Mason Raymond Markus Granlund David Jones
Josh Jooris Matt Stajan Joe Colborne
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo Jonas Hiller (s) 

Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Ladislav Smid.

Injuries: Jiri Hudler, Lance Bouma.

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Iiro Pakarinen
Benoit Pouliot Leon Draisaitl Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell Mark Letestu Zack Kassian
Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Nail Yakupov
Left Defense Right Defense
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Darnell Nurse Justin Schultz
Brandon Davidson Eric Gryba
Goalies
Cam Talbot (s) Anders Nilsson

Scratches: None

Injuries: Connor McDavid, Andrew Ference, Oscar Klefbom