MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Flames
MORNING SKATE REPORT
Tonight the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames in the fifth and final game of this season’s Battle of Alberta series. So far, the teams have split the season series and the road team has won every game. The Oilers are looking to break that streak and earn the first home win of this seasons’ rivalry.
“I think the road team has won every game so far in this series,” Oilers winger David Perron said. “We’re going to look to have a really good game tonight and keep going with what we’ve got going in the last 15-20 games here and that’s playing with structure, playing the game the right way. Other than one period, I think in St. Louis, it’s been pretty good so we’ve just got to keep it going like that.”
EBERLE BACK IN ACTION
The Oilers will get a boost to their lineup tonight as Jordan Eberle returns from his one game hiatus, as he sat out against Buffalo on Thursday with a knee injury.
“Yeah, I feel good,” the winger said. “I’m ready to go. I think I just kind of tweaked the old injury from earlier on this year so it was good to take a couple of days off. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to play against Buffalo. There was a lot of pain and it probably would have hurt more. It was good to get a couple of days off and get it back to where I feel like I can play.”
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins says the there was a noticeable hole in their lineup against Buffalo as Eberle’s absence was felt.
“Looks like Ebs will be able to play,” Eakins said. “You always find value with a player when he’s playing obviously but you fully understand the value of the player when you’re looking for him on the bench and he’s not there. I thought we missed Ebs last game and hopefully he has a good day, but we’re expecting him to play.”
KLEFBOM’S FIRST BATTLE OF ALBERTA
The Oilers have a rookie defenceman on their roster who’s ready to roll in his first Battle of Alberta game. Oscar Klefbom, 20, has played six games this season and has posted one assist, but he has yet to play in an atmosphere quite like Rexall Place on a Saturday night with Calgary in town.
“Very excited,” Klefbom said. “I remember I saw a game between Edmonton and Calgary and it was an amazing atmosphere. There’s a lot of history between these two teams so I’m just looking forward to play. It will be a really fun game to play I think. Absolutely, I like games with a lot of battles and stuff. There’s a lot of history and tough battles between those two teams. I’m just looking forward to play, it’s going to be fun.”
Klefbom is not the only player in the locker room excited about playing Calgary. All of the players get excited to play against their intra-provincial rivals.
“Anytime you play these guys there’s a lot of a rivalry, especially a Saturday night,” Eberle said. “There’s going to be a great crowd, a great atmosphere, I think people really get excited for these games as do we. These guys don’t like us, we don’t like playing them and anytime we play them, you want to beat them. You kind of find these games in the calendar much like other teams have other teams they play against.”