January 14 2017 12:00PM
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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.
When the National Hockey League released its 2016-17 schedule this summer, you could be forgiven if you weren't terribly excited for tonight's game. The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers have not typically played meaningful hockey games in January. Heck, most of their games in October have been pretty meaningless given how poor the two clubs have been in recent years. So it's fairly surprising that tonight's installment of the Battle of Alberta is between two clubs currently in playoff spots.
The Oilers are third in the Pacific Division. The Flames are in the first wildcard spot. A win for the Flames can close the gap between the two clubs to a single point. A win by the Oilers would put the Flames back on their heels a bit and leave them vulnerable to falling out of the wildcard spots, at least temporarily. In other words: this is a big game between two clubs that really need the points.
A big game? Between the two Alberta teams? These are strange times indeed.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Nation World HQ
January 14 2017 10:00AM
The Oilers and Flames square off for the first time in 2017 and we've asked writers from both OilersNation and FlamesNation to give us their take on tonight's matchup. We've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the first BOA of the year.
Please note that this article was posted at both OilersNation and FlamesNation.
January 14 2017 08:00AM
One of the teams in this game played the night before. One of them is in the bottom 10, league-wide. One of them is nowhere near a playoff spot.
That's the team that won.
January 13 2017 10:11PM
On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames will play one of the most important games of their season when they face the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. On Friday night, they first had to play the New Jersey Devils – who faced Edmonton on Thursday night. On a Friday the 13th that featured a full moon, the Flames were spookily bad for the first 20 minutes of the game and not particularly strong through the duration of it. They dropped a winnable game to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Devils, by a 2-1 score.
For a team needing all the points it can muster in an incredibly tight Western Conference playoff race, this was a nightmare scenario.
January 13 2017 02:00PM
Friends, if you have a calendar and the National Hockey League standings in front of you then you've probably made a staggering realization. We're into the second half of the 2016-17 schedule and the Calgary Flames are in a playoff spot.
As long as the Flames are in the playoff conversation, we're debuting a weekly feature here for the second half where we look at where the local sports team is among their peers.