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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers 11/17/18 (20/82): It’s Round 1 In The Battle Of Alberta

Two teams that havent been playing their best hockey will meet tonight at the Saddledome.

Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

TV: CBC, SN, SN1

Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 10-8-1 (21 points) - Edmonton Oilers 9-8-1 (19 points)

NHL Standings

The Battle Of Alberta kicks off tonight for the 2018-19 season as the Flames welcome the Oilers to the Saddledome for a Saturday night showdown.

The Flames come into this game having dropped 3 out of their last 4 and find themselves in 3rd place in the Pacific, only 2 points behind front runner San Jose. Calgary’s got some goalie issues as the Oilers come to town and hopefully a fresh David Rittich can breath some life into this team. Mike Smith’s struggles are well documented and with each start his confidence seems to be erroding. If the Flames are going to make the playoffs it would appear that the more David Rittich sees the ice the better the Flames will be. Tonight will hopefully be one of those nights.

The Oilers are in a similar spot in this mediocre Pacific Division. Their 19 points puts them in 5th place, clearly within reach of the Flames. Edmonton is 5-5-0 in their last 10 and they just got back in the win column after a 4 game losing streak. Much like the Flames, Edmonton is having issues in the crease as well. Cam Talbot is the appointed #1, yet he’s being outplayed by his backup Mikko Koskinen. Koskinen is 4-1-0 on the season and his Save% of .918 leads the team. In his 5 starts this month he’s surrendered only 11 goals with one game being a 40 save shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks,

It hasn’t been the easiest ride for the Flames since Connor McDavid landed in Alberta and the Saddledome has been unkind to the home team as well. The Flames are 2-3-0 at home when taking on McDavid’s Oilers, which is still much better than Calgary’s 0-4-0 record in Edmonton. Calgary’s PK has killed 11 of their last 11 man down opportunities this season and the Oilers middle of the pack PP units shouldn’t be that big of a challenge to the home team.

Starting Goalies

Flames: Rittich (E)- 5-1-0, 1.91 GAA, .935 Save%

Oilers: Koskinen (E)- 4-1-0, 2.52 GAA, .918 Save%

Team Leaders

Calgary Flames

Goals: Tkachuk (9) Points: Tkachuk (21) PIM: Bennett (25) Save%: Rittich (.935)

Edmonton Oilers

Goals: Draisaitl (11) Points: McDavid (16) PIM: Lucic (30) Save%: Koskinen (.918)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Edmonton Oilers Coverage: Copper and Blue

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 Montreal Canadiens 3 (recap)

Edmonton Oilers 6 Montreal Canadiens 2

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Chicago Blackhawks v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Matthew Tkachuk: 9G, 12A, 7 points in lst 6 games

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 4G, 14A, 4 points in last 5 games