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CALGARY FLAMES (40-29-10) at
EDMONTON OILERS (40-34-6)
Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MDT
Television: Sportsnet (HD)
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Oilers/Flames Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics The home portion of the Edmonton Oilers’ regular season schedule wraps up tonight when they continue their improbable run for a playoff spot against the Calgary Flames tonight at Rexall Place.
On Saturday night, the Oilers edged the Flames 2-1 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary to keep their playoff hopes alive. A win tonight and Thursday plus some help would get the Oilers into the postseason for the first time in two years.
LAST GAME: Oilers 2, Flames 1
Edmonton’s win on Saturday temporarily put them in a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference but Vancouver’s win over the Flames on Sunday plus Nashville’s overtime loss to Detroit bumped them back to 10th.
Calgary’s quest for the Northwest Division title has been derailed with their pair of losses on the weekend to Edmonton and Vancouver. The Flames are now five points behind division-leading Minnesota but do hold a game in hand and face the Wild one more time on Thursday.
This is the eighth meeting of the season between the Oilers and Flames. Edmonton has won four times while the Flames have won three.
Just The Facts...
Pre-game comments from Pitkanen, Gagner, Penner, Stoll, Nilsson, Glencross & MacTavish: 700K Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Joni Pitkanen
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Sam Gagner
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Robert Nilsson
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Curtis Glencross
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Jarret Stoll
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Dustin Penner
Pre-Game vs. Calgary: Craig MacTavish
Listen to all (in order: Gagner, Glencross, Nilsson, Penner, Stoll, Pitkanen and MacTavish) Monday's Audio:
Mar 31 Off Day: Jeff Deslauriers
Mar 31 Off Day: Mathieu Garon
Mar 31 Off Day: Tom Gilbert
Mar 31 Off Day: Matt Greene
Mar 31 Off Day: Robert Nilsson
Mar 31 Off Day: Zack Stortini
Mar 31 Off Day: Craig MacTavish
Listen to all (in order: Deslauriers, Garon, Gilbert, Greene, Nilsson, Stortini & MacTavish)
Monday's Video: Garon, Stortini, Gilbert, Nilsson & MacTavish spoke with the media following practice: 700K News Update...
Canucks, Predators, Oilers and Flames battle for position in the Western Conference - Sitting idle on Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers moved two points back of the eighth and final playoff spot following Vancouver's win over Calgary. The Oilers slipped to the 10th seed as well due to Nashville's OT loss in Detroit. ...more The Other Side
Flames-Canucks: Inside the Game - It wasn't exactly the way the Flames wanted to start their last road trip of the 2007-08 regular season, as they were dominated by Northwest Division rival, the Vancouver Canucks in a 6-2 loss. Check out our Inside the Game. ...more Playoff race tracker - The playoff race in the Western Conference is as tight as ever. We've put it all together in one spot -- see who plays who down the stretch on a team-by-team basis. We'll update as the race goes down to the wire. Time to roll! | ...more Item of the Game
From the Fans
Click here to read today's gameday thread on the Oilers message board. Odds and Ends
Download your April wallpaper! - Follow the link to download your Edmonton Oilers April wallpaper as the NHL calendar flips over into the month of April. ...more From the Wire
The Edmonton Oilers kept their playoff hopes alive in their last game with a win over the Calgary Flames, one of nine teams ahead of them in the Western Conference.
Three days later, they face the exact same challenge.
Edmonton hosts Calgary on Tuesday, needing to defeat its Northwest Division rival a second time in four days to stay alive in the race for the West's final playoff spot.
The Oilers (40-34-6) are last in the Northwest with 86 points, but with two games to play, can still qualify for the postseason for the first time since their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2005-06.
To do that, they'll need to win both of their remaining games. Edmonton enters play Tuesday with 86 points, two behind eighth-place Vancouver and one back of ninth-place Nashville. The Oilers' final game is in Vancouver on Thursday night.
First up for Edmonton is the finale in its season series with Calgary (40-29-10). The Oilers trailed the Flames 1-0 in the third period Saturday, but Denis Grebeshkov tied it and Dustin Penner's power-play goal midway through the third was the winner in a 2-1 victory.
"It's pretty special," Penner said of his team-leading 23rd goal. "It's one of those goals you look back on. We'll see how it turns out. We've got two more games, then maybe I'll be able to talk (more) about that one after."
Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson had been struggling prior to the game in Calgary, going 3-2-1 in his last six starts but posting a 3.80 goals-against average. The Oilers scored 26 goals in those six contests, but when they were relatively quiet offensively Saturday, Roloson stepped up with 32 saves.
Only two Western Conference teams have more goals than Edmonton's 231, a number the Oilers have achieved with balance. Eleven Edmonton players have at least 10 goals.
Right wing Ales Hemsky, who leads the team with 71 points, assisted on both goals Saturday. He has two goals and four assists in his last four games against the Flames.
Calgary is in seventh place in the West, and while it can't earn home-ice advantage in the first round, picking up points in its final three games could help it avoid an opening matchup with league-leading Detroit or red-hot San Jose. The Flames trail sixth-place Colorado by one point.
Calgary, though, has lost three of four, scoring just six goals in those games.
While the Oilers haven't played since Saturday, the Flames traveled to Vancouver on Sunday. They led 2-1 near the end of the first period, but didn't score again in a 6-2 loss.
"It has to bother you," coach Mike Keenan said. "If it doesn't bother you at this point, then you don't have much of a passion for winning. Our defensive zone coverage was real poor down low."
Miikka Kiprusoff, whose 38 wins are third most in the NHL, was pulled midway through the second period.
Jarome Iginla's next goal will give him his first season with 50 since 2001. The West's goal leader, however, hasn't scored in the Flames' last three losses, and Calgary is 14-23-7 when Iginla doesn't record a goal.
Iginla has two goals and five assists against Edmonton this season.
The Oilers lead the season series 4-3.