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Game Preview: Preseason Game 1 vs Edmonton Oilers

The Flames and Oilers will open their preseason tonight against each other.

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta, 7PM MT

Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, 7PM MT

Games will be streamed at the Flames website

You’re not seeing things, the Flames and Oilers will take to the ice tonight for a split squad game to open up their respective training camps. The last time these two faced off, Calgary ruined the closing of Rexall Place with a 5-0 beat down of the Oilers. The stakes aren’t as high tonight, but it is the Oilers and Flames, so it should be entertaining. Each team will play one game at home and one on the road with the remaining non game players having practice that afternoon. There really isn’t much to preview seeing this is the first time each team will take the ice this season in a game type situation. Here's the projected lineup for the game in Edmonton:

FORWARDS

Lance Bouma - Freddie Hamilton - Michael Ferland

Chris Higgins - Linden Vey - Emile Poirier

Brett Pollock - Matt Bailey - Garnet Hathaway

Lauri Korpikoski - Mark Jankowski - Matt Frattin

DEFENCEMEN

Dougie Hamilton - Tyler Wotherspoon

Brett Kulak - Rasmus Andersson

Nicklas Grossman - Kenney Morrison

GOALTENDERS

Jon Gillies

Chad Johnson

David Rittich

There are a few noticeable absences for the Flames in this lineup and the yet to be released lineup for the game in Calgary.. Mikael Backlund is out nursing a concussion he received during the World Cup of Hockey. Sean Monahan tweeked his back and has been limited. Jyrki Jokipakka will get some time off after playing in Toronto at the World Cup of Hockey and Johnny Gaudreau and Jakub Nakladal both remain without contracts heading into camp.