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NOTE: We are in Calgary today for Hockey Day in Canada. Stay with edmontonoilers.com all day for comprehensive coveraging, including post-game.
EDMONTON OILERS (25-26-5) at
CALGARY FLAMES (27-20-8)
Start Time: 5:08 p.m. MST
Television: CBC (HD)
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Oilers/Flames Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics In a league where anybody can beat anybody else on any given night as the Los Angeles Kings proved Thursday beating the league-leading Detroit Red Wings 5-3, the Edmonton Oilers can't let recent events skew their opinion of tonight's contest.
On Monday, Edmonton disposed of the Calgary Flames in relatively easy fashion by winning a 5-0 game. On Wednesday, the Oilers then waxed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on home ice.
LAST GAME: Oilers 4, Blackhawks 1
Those same Blackhawks skated into Calgary the very next night and beat the Flames 3-1.
However, despite their recent misfortune, Calgary still sits in a playoff spot while Edmonton is on the outside looking in. With 62 points to Edmonton's 55 the Oilers know how crucial tonight's game is for their playoff hopes.
Calgary has a chance to make a move tonight as well if they were to win. The Flames are currently two points behind Minnesota for first place in the Northwest Division.
This is the sixth meeting of the season between Edmonton and Calgary. The Oilers have won three of the previous five. Just The Facts...
We talk to Moreau, Hemsky & Gagner from their hotel in Calgary: 700K Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game at Calgary: Sam Gagner
Pre-Game at Calgary: Ales Hemsky
Pre-Game at Calgary: Ethan Moreau
Listen to all (in order: Gagner, Hemsky, Moreau)
Feb 8 - Mathieu Garon
Feb 8 - Curtis Glencross
Feb 8 - Matt Greene
Feb 8 - Craig MacTavish
Listen to all (in order: Garon, Glencross, Greene and MacTavish)
Off-day comments from Greene, Garon, Glencross & MacTavish. 700K In Depth...
Hockey Day in Winkler, Manitoba for Dustin Penner - Oilers forward Dustin Penner spent some time in his hometown of Winkler, Manitoba today, the host site of Saturday's Hockey Day in Canada celebration. Follow the link for a story of Penner's improbable journey from Winkler to the NHL. | Photos | ...more News Update...
Souray undergoes surgery - Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray underwent arthroscopic surgery on his injured left shoulder today. He will make another visit to the specialist in New Jersey in four weeks for further evaluation. ...more The Other Side Flames sign Phaneuf for six years - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced the signing of defenceman Dion Phaneuf to a six-year contract extension.
Photo Gallery | Audio: Dion Phaneuf | News Conference| ...more Hawks 3, Flames 1: Inside the Game - Go Inside the Game with the post-game report from Calgary's last game on February 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks from Calgaryflames.com.
Post Game: Iginla and Aucoin| Coach Mike Keenan | ...more 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 was the guest on Oilers Live this past Thurdsay, answering your questions. If you missed the show, listen to the podcast online. Oilers Live with Andrew Cogliano
From the Wire
As the Calgary Flames continue to struggle, the Edmonton Oilers might be starting to heat up.
The Oilers will try for a third straight victory and second in six days over the Flames when the provincial rivals meet Saturday in Calgary.
While fighting for position in the tightly contested Northwest Division - the top four teams are separated by three points - Calgary (27-20-8) has lost three of four. That skid includes a 5-0 loss at Edmonton on Monday.
It was the Flames' second consecutive defeat to the Oilers (25-26-5), who are last in the Northwest but are coming off back-to-back wins and have gone 3-2-0 versus Calgary this season.
The teams enter this contest coming off different results against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Edmonton beat the Blackhawks 4-1 on Wednesday, continuing its solid play offensively in its second game since leading scorer Shawn Horcoff was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.
"We have lots of energy and lots of good things are happening," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "I can't really think of a time all season where we've had this much life on the bench. It's a product of having a little taste of success in the short term here.
"Hopefully, we can continue in the same way and build some wins and get ourselves back into it."
The power play has been a big reason for the Oilers' recent success. Near the bottom of the league with a 15.6 power-play percentage, Edmonton is 5-for-14 with the man advantage in its last two games. It is 6-for-25 (24 percent) on the power play versus Calgary this season.
"We've been working on it for the past week, trying different looks and different personnel," said Penner, who also had a goal versus Calgary on Monday. "And we seem to have found what we needed. The guys are really starting to click."
Mathieu Garon made 40 saves against Chicago after he recorded his fourth shutout of the season against Calgary on Monday. Garon is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average versus the Flames this season.
Calgary lost 3-1 to Chicago on Thursday night. Adrian Aucoin scored for the Flames, who have been outscored 13-6 in their last four games while going 1-for-18 on the power play.
"(Thursday) it seemed like we were fighting the puck," said forward Alex Tanguay, who has a goal and three assists versus Edmonton this season. "We were giving the puck away, we were putting the pucks in bad areas and that's just mental sharpness. Everybody's responsible to be accountable before the game and be ready and we were ready for some shifts, and not ready for others."
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves Thursday, but lost for the second time in three starts. Though he is 2-2-0 versus Edmonton this season, Kiprusoff has 14 wins with a 1.82 GAA in 24 career starts against the Oilers.
The teams have split two meetings in Calgary this season.