Oilers and Flames collide tonight
The Edmonton Oilers face off against the Calgary Flames tonight for the sixth time this season and third at Rexall Place.
After an almost unexplainable four straight wins following the injury to captain and superstar Jarome Iginla, the Calgary Flames came crashing back down to earth this week with losses in Nashville and Dallas. They did rebound to defeat the Ducks last night, however.
The Oilers had dropped seven straight games to Northwest Division opponents heading into Tuesdays game versus Minnesota, but a 2-1 win against the Wild and the club is hoping that victory gets them on the right track for crucial division match-ups like tonight.
Edmonton is also coming off a big win over the Ducks, defeating Anaheim 4-1 on Thursday night.
Head to head, the Oilers won two of the first three meetings this season between the two clubs but Calgary won 4-1 on New Years Eve and again last Saturday by a score of 3-1.
STORTINI RECALLED: The Oilers announced on Friday that they have recalled forward Zack Stortini from Hamilton of the American Hockey League. Stortini has nine goals and 15 points in 42 games with Hamilton this season along with 172 PIM. If he plays tonight it would be the first NHL game of his career.
OILERS TO WATCH: In five games against the Flames this season, Petr Sykora leads the way for Edmonton with four goals and six points. Ales Hemsky has five assists but hasnt scored yet this season against Calgary Despite a 2-3-0 record versus Calgary in the five meetings this year, Dwayne Roloson has a solid 2.20 goals-against average and .915 save percentage against the Oilers Alberta rivals Shawn Horcoff has a four-game scoring streak going with two goals and three assists during those games.
FLAMES TO WATCH: Kristian Huselius has been on fire of late. In fact, in his last 15 games he has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Overall, he ranks fourth in team scoring with 39 points and second in goals with 20. His 20 goals matches his total from last season and is closing in on his career high of 23, set in his rookie season with Florida With Iginla on the shelf, Daymond Langkow has stepped up his play. He has 19 goals on the season and is on pace for his first 30-goal campaign. Since the Iginla injury, Langkow has put up four goals and five assists for nine points in seven games.
ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out. Daniel Tjarnqvist (inflamed pubic bone) is doubtful. Ales Hemsky (upper body) is questionable. Steve Staios (knee) is out. Jarret Stoll (fractured nose) is out. Raffi Torres (flu) is questionable; Calgary – Jarome Iginla (knee) is out. Darren McCarty (hip) is questionable. Richie Regehr (concussion) is questionable. Chuck Kobasew (concussion) is questionable.
LINEUP UPDATE (11:10 AM): Raffi Torres was ill and did not take the morning skate. He will be a gametime decision. Ales Hemsky is also a gametime decision while Jarret Stoll will not play.
FAST FACTS: After 45 games, the Flames are only three points behind last years pace with one less win and one less overtime defeat Having faced Anaheim yesterday, tonight is the seventh time Calgary has played back-to-back games this season. Ironically, the team has done much better on the second night. The Flames are 2-4-1 in the first game following last night's win and 4-1-1 in the second The Oilers trail the all-time series with Calgary at 76-79-19-1 with a record of 46-30-10-1 at Rexall Place Edmontons power play against Calgary this season is a solid 7-for-28 (25.0%) while their penalty killing is 29-for-31 (93.5%).