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CALGARY FLAMES (26-18-8) at
EDMONTON OILERS (23-26-5)
Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MST
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Oilers/Flames Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics The Edmonton Oilers meet the Calgary Flames in a rare Monday night match-up on home ice this evening.
Tonight is the fifth game of the season between these two Alberta rivals. Each team has won twice previously – one at home and one on the road. The teams have so far alternated victories with Calgary winning October 20 and November 17 and the Oilers coming away with a victory November 10 and January 13.
Calgary has been a streaky team for most of the season. After five straight losses to open the month of November and an overall record of 4-10-0 in that month, the Flames rebounded with a record of 12-1-3 in their next 16 games. More recently, they had a four game winless streak in mid-January but then followed that up with four straight wins heading into Saturday’s contest versus Dallas.
Edmonton started January on fire with five wins in their first six games and a successful five-game homestand in which they went 4-1-0. The club slipped back a bit on a five-game road trip through the Southeast Division, going 2-2-1. The club is trying to right the ship on their current four-game homestand with a crucial four-game road trip on the horizon. Two games into the homestand, they are 0-2-0.
LAST GAME: Stars 4, Oilers 1
The two sides will re-familiarize themselves with each other starting this evening. They meet again on Saturday in Calgary as part of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. Just The Facts...
Will be available later today. Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Craig MacTavish
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Kyle Brodziak
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Curtis Glencross
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Dustin Penner
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Marty Reasoner
Listen to all (in order: Brodziak, Reasoner, Glencross, Penner and MacTavish)
Sunday's Audio: Feb 3 - Curtis Glencross
Feb 3 - Craig MacTavish
Oilers forward Curtis Glencross spoke with the media following his inaugural practice with the team on Sunday: 700K News Update...
Oilers acquire Curtis Glencross from Columbus in exchange for Dick Tarnstrom - The Edmonton Oilers have obtained rookie forward Curtis Glencross from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Dick Tarnstrom. ...more More News The Other Side The Craig Conroy Show - Flames centre Craig Conroy grabs the microphone and interviews teammates in the Flames dressing room. Listen Game Preview - Will be available later this morning.
Item of the Game
Tonight's item of the game is a Youth Tie Dye Cap. (Regular $24.99 on sale for $17.99) From the Fans
Click here to read tonight's gameday thread on the Oilers message board. Odds and Ends
Andrew Cogliano on Oilers Live - Edmonton Oilers rookie centre Andrew Cogliano will be the guest on Oilers Live this Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. MST. Follow the link to get your question in! ...more From the Wire
The Calgary Flames are challenging for the Northwest Division lead, but they also may be concerned about a recent lack of production from Jarome Iginla.
The All-Star will try to score for the first time in 10 games as the Flames travel to face the Edmonton Oilers in the latest chapter of the "Battle of Alberta" on Monday night.
On Jan. 5, Iginla recorded his 16th multipoint game of the season in a 6-4 win over Los Angeles, capping a 19-game stretch in which he had 19 goals and 11 assists. Since then, however, he's managed only five assists in nine games.
He notched a point on linemate Daymond Langkow's goal in a 2-1 loss to Dallas on Saturday night that snapped Calgary's four-game winning streak.
"I'd like to score," Iginla told the Flames' official Web site. "Tonight is the most chances I've had in a while but (Stars goaltender) Marty Turco played really well. You just have to stay positive and go to the net."
Iginla has points in all four games against the Oilers this season, totaling a goal and five assists. The Edmonton native has just six goals in his last 13 regular-season visits to Rexall Place.
Calgary is 12-1-3 when Iginla has at least two points in a game, but 14-17-5 when he doesn't.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves in Saturday's loss, but could sit in favor of Curtis Joseph, who's yet to play since signing with Calgary on Jan. 17.
Joseph, whose next win will match Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for fourth all time with 447, played with Oilers from 1995-98, and is 10-6-2 with a 2.40 goals-against average and two shutouts when visiting Edmonton.
Coming into this game, Calgary (26-18-8) has 60 points and is tied with Colorado for second in the Northwest, three points behind Minnesota. The Avalanche will play host to Phoenix while the Wild are idle.
Edmonton is last in the Northwest with 51 points, and tied with Chicago for 13th in the Western Conference.
The Oilers (23-26-5) fell 4-1 to Dallas on Friday, and have been outscored 10-2 in a three-game skid at home. Zack Stortini gave Edmonton an early lead with his second goal of the season but still lost its seventh straight at home to the Stars.
"It was a tough one," Oilers forward Marty Reasoner said. "It was a must-win game for us. We know how important these games are for us at home. We have to be able to find a way to tie that game back up and go ahead. It was pretty frustrating."
Dwayne Roloson stopped 18 Dallas shots and lost for the sixth time in seven starts. Mathieu Garon could get the start in this contest, but he hasn't posted a regulation win in four starts since beating Calgary 2-1 on Jan. 13.
The Oilers played Friday without leading scorer Shawn Horcoff (21 goals, 50 points), who was out with a sore shoulder and questionable for this game. Horcoff and Ales Hemsky each had a goal and assist in the Oilers' home win over the Flames last month.
The longtime provincial rivals have split their four previous games.