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Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames [Game 71]

The Battle of Alberta is a must win for the Flames

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7:00 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
630 AM CHED SN Scotiabank Saddledome SN 960 AM CFAC
League Value Metric Value League
25th 47.1% Points Percentage 55.7% 20th
27th 12.87% Net Power Play Percentage 15.55% 24th
27th 78.74% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 83.26% 16th
31st 91.61% Combined Special Teams Percentage 98.81% 18th
20th 2.84 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.81 21st
28th 3.25 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.94 16th
30th -.53 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .07 16th
15th 50.21% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.18% 3rd
17th 49.87% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.56% 4th
23rd 99.26% P.D.O. (5V5) 99.60% 18th
20th 7.34% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.17% 24th
24th 91.92% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.43% 14th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
The Copper & Blue

The Calgary Flames host the nemesis Edmonton Oilers in the Battle of Alberta in a game that's practically a must win (preferably in overtime or regulation) for the Flames. Calgary currently sits on the outside looking in at the playoffs and have just a 16.3 percent chance at the playoffs coming into tonight's contest. With the Los Angeles Kings playing the lowly Arizona Coyotes and the Dallas Stars playing the surprisingly bad Montreal Canadiens, the Flames likely need the points just to keep up.

The Flames roster won't be coming into this one at 100 percent in this one however as they'll be without their top possession driver in Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk was injured when Dougie Hamilton checked Mathew Barzal into his legs in the third period of their frustrating five to two loss at the hands of the New York Islanders. Sam Bennett will take his spot on the left side of Mikael Backlund while Chris Stewart plays on the third line. Nick Shore is also coming in for Mark Jankowski who will be a healthy scratch.

Mike Smith will be back in net for the Flames. He'll square off against Cam Talbot for the Oilers. Puck drop will be at 7:05 P.M. M.S.T.