Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers, 7 PM MT, Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
TV: ESPN+, SNW, SNP - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (16-18-3, 35 pts) - Edmonton Oilers (22-14-1, 45 pts)
If you’re a glass half full type of fan, the Flames play the Oilers tonight. If you’re a glass half empty kind of fan, the Flames play the Oilers tonight. Calgary’s last outing never happened as two Vancouver Canucks had confirmed cases of Covid-19, so we were all spared whatever was going to happen in that contest.
So from Vancouver it’s off to Edmonton as the Flames will take on their arch nemesis for the 7th time this season. Edmonton was playing red hot as they came into a three game series with the Canadiens, having won seven out of their last nine, but that set with Montreal was shutdown as the Canadiens had confirmed Covid-19 cases. Edmonton didn’t play a game from March 22nd to March 27th, where they lost to the Maple Leafs 4-3 in OT. Since that nine game stretch Edmonton has gone 1-1-1, but still have a hold on third place in the North Division, though Montreal still has four extra games to play this season.
What should you expect tonight? Well, the last time these two played the Oilers walked away with a dominating victory, embarrassing the Flames 7-3 at the Saddledome. Thankfully fans aren’t allowed in the Saddledome, so no one had to witness that horror show in person. The Oilers are 4-2-0 against Calgary in six of their ten meetings on the season and a win tonight ensures at least a .500 split with Calgary. With the way the Flames have been playing, Edmonton could easily take the season series from Calgary sooner than later. The Flames are 2-6-0 in their last eight games and the playoffs are a distant memory in the 2021 rear view mirror. All that is left at this point is to play for pride, but who knows if that’s even on the table as this Calgary team looks like they (not all) have checked out as this shortened season comes to an end.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 12-12-2, 2.94 GAA, .902 SV%
Oilers: Smith (E): 12-3-1, 2.41 GAA, .919 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (13), Points- Lindholm (31), PIM- Tkachuk (37), Save%- Rittich (.907)
Oilers: Goals- McDavid (21), Points- McDavid (63), PIM: Nurse (40). Save%- Smith (.919)
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Edmonton Oilers Coverage: Copper & Blue
Saturday’s Oilers / Canucks Game Has Been Postponed https://t.co/jqNCIl4dYs— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) April 1, 2021
Last Time Out
Players To Watch
Elias Lindholm (C): 3 points in last 3 games
Jesse Puljujarvi (F): 5 points in 6 games against the Flames this season