Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers, 7:00 PM MT, Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
TV: NBCSN (JIP), SN, TVAS2 - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (21-24-3, 45 pts) - Edmonton Oilers (29-17-2, 60 pts)
It’s just a matter of when the Flames are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and it’s just a matter of time when the Oilers clinch a spot in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. What a different direction both of these teams have headed this season.
The Oilers are in pretty good shape heading into the final weeks of the season, having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 and they done it by beating playoff teams like Montreal and Winnipeg in the process. The Flames meanwhile have gone 5-5-0 in their last 10, but a costly 2-1 loss to the Canadiens on Monday night really put a damper on any post season hopes the Flames and the fanbase were still holding onto.
It’s call the Battle Of Alberta, but this season it hasn’t been much of a battle. The Flames have only won three of the eight games these two have played so far and are currently 0-3-0 at Rogers Place. And if the record isn’t bad enough, the output is bad too. The Flames are only averaging 1.7 GPG in Edmonton, while the Oilers are cranking out a robust 4.3 GPG at their own barn. To add insult to injury, Mike Smith has played well, despite a 5-0 clunker, against his former team. Smith is 4-2-0 against the Flames this season and looks like he relishes every time he gets to play against and defeat his former team.
This will be no easy task for the good guys as Edmonton has the fire power to make Calgary’s life miserable. They are 10th in the league in GF with 153 and 52 of those coming from just two players in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They are also running the NHL’s second best PP and have given up the 8th fewest goals.
In the end, it’s just one of two more left this season in the 10 game series between the Flames and Oilers. Edmonton is miles ahead in the standings and is heading to the playoffs. The Flames are hovering near the bottom of the North Division in another disappointing season and looking at a potential turbulent offseason. But as the cliche goes “throw out the record books” when these two teams play because it will be a physical and entertaining game. Calgary has to look at the Oilers roaring into the post season and know that they aren’t going and that should provide all the juice they need. Calgary can’t play spoiler, so they might as well try and take it to their most hated rival because it’s all about playing for pride at this point.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 17-17-2, 2.73 GAA, .903 SV%
Oilers: Smith (E): 17-5-2, 2.32 GAA, .923 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (17), Points- Lindholm (41), PIM- Tkachuk (43), Save%- Markstrom (.903)
Oilers: Goals- McDavid (28), Points- McDavid (81), PIM: Nurse (46), Save%- Smith (.923)
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Edmonton Oilers Coverage: Copper & Blue
Hot Links: Wednesday, April 28#GAMEDAY as the Oilers look to wrap up their series with the Jets with another (blowout) victory tonight. PLUS: McDavid’s race to 100, Russell’s new role, 31 Thoughts, the new TV deal, AND MORE! https://t.co/kNarRsrsVv pic.twitter.com/QI7IbZ4n1Q— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) April 28, 2021
Last Time Out
Players To Watch
Elias Lindholm (C): 8 points in 8 games against the Oilers
Tyson Barrie (D): 7 assists in 8 games against the Flames