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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers, 1/21/17 (49/82)

Edmonton goes for the season sweep of the Flames tonight.

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers, 8 PM MT Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames and Oilers will step on the ice for the final time during the regular season as Edmonton comes to the Saddledome Saturday night. The Flames have struggled mightily with the Oilers this season, having dropped all 3 meetings by a combined score of 14-8. The Flames fell to the Oilers back on January 14th 2-1 in a shoot out where Brian Elliott played outstanding, but the Flames couldn’t solve Cam Talbot.

Calgary comes into the his contest having dropped from the 7th spot in the West to the 8th and final playoff spot with 51 points and the Canucks nipping at their heels. The Flames’ are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and home is barely where the heart is for this hockey team. Calgary has played 25 games at the Dome this season and are only 1 game above .500 as they set at 13-12-0 coming into tonight’s game.

Edmonton meanwhile just keeps winning. The Oilers are 6-3-1 in the month of January and they are needing extra time to get things done. Five of their 10 games this month have gone to either overtime or a shoot out and the Oilers have come out victorious in 4 of them. The Oilers sit in second place in the Pacific and 5th overall in the West as their dream turnaround season shows no signs of slowing down.

Neither team has swept a season series since 2015 when Calgary won all 5 games and and the Oilers have never swept Calgary in a season series since the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
24-21-3 Record 25-15-8
51 Points 58
4th Pacific Division 2nd Pacific
8th Conference 5th West
2-2-1 Last 5 4-0-1
125 Goals For 134
129 Goals Against 124
Backlund (14) Goals Maroon (18)
Backlund (33) Points McDavid (55)
Tkachuk (76) PIM Kassian (72)
Johnson (.920) Save % Talbot (.919)
21.0 (12th) PP % 20.9 (13th)
81.5 (17th) PK % 81.7 (16th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 16-11-1 2.31 .920
Oilers: Talbot (E) 24-12-7 2.41 .919

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Nashville Predators 4

What to say about this game? Calgary last took to the ice on Thursday night against the Predators and didn’t show for 56 minutes. Nashville dominated the Flames until the final 4 minutes when Calgary scored 3 goals, but fell one short as they lost 4-3. Here’s our recap, highlights, Glen Gulutzan’s post game thoughts and the stats from the contest.

Flames Stats vs Predators 1/19/17
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
3 35 21 15 15 26/61 14 9 1/5 3/4

Edmonton Oilers 2 Nashville Predators 3 (SO)

The Preds left Calgary and headed right to Edmonton and dispatched the Oilers as well. Ryan Ellis stayed hot as he scored a third period marker to tie it and then got the shoot out winner to sink the Oilers. Here’s the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan (C). Mony is finally looking right. The star centre has 4 goals in his last 4 games and has added to helpers along the way. That’s 6 points in his last 4 for the young star who’d been struggling mightily in his prior 12 games. Edmonton suits Monahan well as he has 2 goals in 3 games against the Flames provincial rival.

Calgary Flames v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl (C). The Cologne Germany product will be disappointed after the Oilers finish with the Flames this season. Draisaitl has 2 goals and 2 assists in the Oilers 3 games against the Flames this season, but came up empty in Edmonton’s 2-1 SO win back on January 14th. Draisaitl also has 6 points in his last 5 contests.