Post-Game: That's so retro

Ryan Pike
January 21 2017 11:24PM

It was Retro Night down at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. The Calgary Flames wore retro uniforms. They had retro graphics. They even brought back their old in-game announcer Russ Peake for an authentic old-timey feel.

They unfortunately even got a retro result, getting clobbered by the Edmonton Oilers by a 7-3 score to allow the Oilers to sweep the Battle of Alberta season series for the first time in over a decade. In arguably the Flames' biggest game of the season – and a game they needed to have in order to keep pace in the playoff race with the teams chasing them – they fell utterly, embarrassingly flat.

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FGD: The final battle (of Alberta) (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
January 21 2017 12:00PM

After a dismal effort on Thursday evening, the Calgary Flames are back in action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. And tonight's game is going to be a doozy as the Flames welcome the Edmonton Oilers to town for the final regular season installment of the Battle of Alberta.

The Flames sat idle after their loss to Nashville, while the Oilers hosted the Predators up at Rogers Place on Friday night and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Facing a team that played the night before, the Flames will need to play with energy and emotion to capture a sorely-needed two points.

The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT and you can catch all the action live at the 'Dome, on the tube on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, and on the squawk box on Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Oilers at Flames

Nation World HQ
January 21 2017 10:00AM

Spy vs Spy 1

The Oilers and Flames face off for the second Saturday night in a row and we've asked writers from both OilersNation and FlamesNation to give us their take on tonight's matchup. As always, we've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the last (regular season) BOA of the year.

Please note that this article was posted at both OilersNation and FlamesNation.

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The Flames have already lost this year's Battle of Alberta

Ryan Pike
January 20 2017 02:00PM

For the longest time, the Calgary Flames saw the Edmonton Oilers as one thing: a punching bag that was a great source of points. It's mean, but it's true. Even at their most mediocre, the Flames could count on their games with the Oilers to prop themselves up in the Western Conference standings.

To show how far the Oilers have actually come in making the Battle of Alberta a rivalry that actually matters in the grand scheme of things, we've dug into old media guides and the annals of Hockey Reference to put this season's resurgence by Edmonton into proper context. Regardless of how Saturday's game between the two clubs turns out, the Oilers have already made a great deal of history within the Battle of Alberta.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: running in place

Ryan Pike
January 20 2017 10:00AM

Welcome to the second exciting week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames are still very much in the playoff mix, but they didn't do very much to help themselves over the past week.

Let's take a dive into the numbers, gang.

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