SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Oilers at Flames

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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.

THE MATCHUP

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – Saddledome (Calgary) – 8pm (MST) on HNIC

Edmonton Oilers Calgary Flames
25-15-8 (3rd in the Pacific)  24-21-3 (4th in the Pacific)
6-3-1 in their last 10 5-4-1 in their last 10
Power Play (PP%): 20.9% (13th) Power Play (PP%): 21.0% (12th)
Penalty Kill (PK%): 81.7% (16th) Penalty Kill (PK%): 81.5% (17th)
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Tonight:

After connecting last week in a spirited affair, the Battle of Alberta is back for the final time this season. So far this season, Edmonton has taken all three meetings against the Flames despite last week’s game being much closer. With the Pacific Division being as close as it is, tonight’s potential four-point swing could be significant in terms of landing a playoff spot. 

Points Leaders:

Connor McDavid (EDM) – 15G, 40A = 55 points

Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – 17G, 24A = 41 points

Mikael Backlund (CAL) – 14G, 19A = 33 points

Sean Monahan (CAL) – 14G, 15A = 29 points

Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) – 10G, 19A = 29 points

Milan Lucic (EDM) – 11G, 17A = 28 points

Goaltenders:

Edmonton:

Player GP GS W L T OT SA GA GAA S Sv% SO MIN
Cam Talbot 43 43 24 12 0 7 1,289 104 2.41 1,185 .919 3 2,589
Lauren Brossoit

Calgary:

Player GP GS W L T OT SA GA GAA S Sv% SO MIN
Chad Johnson 28 28 16 11 0 1 802 64 2.31 738 .920 3 1,662
Brian Elliott 21 20 8 10 0 2 542 58 2.85 484 .893 0 1,223

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Why is your team going to win or why will your enemy lose?

Baggedmilk (OilersNation):

The Oilers have already won the first three games and they will bring out the brooms tonight. What else do you need to know? 

Ari Yanover (FlamesNation):

Because they’re due, damnit. Besides, they’ve been following up bad games with good games and vice versa, so… yeah, they’re due.

Who’s hot? Who’s not?

Baggedmik:

Unfortunately for the Flames, one of the hottest Oilers right now is Connor McDavid. He guy is going supernova and I can’t see anything changing tonight. On the other side of the coin, Milan Lucic needs to get going because the big man hasn’t scored in what seems like ages was a menace last night and I want to see more of that.

Ari Yanover:

Sean Monahan has goals in his four latest games, so he’s probably someone to watch out for – in addition to the all-around greatness that is the 3M line. On the other side of things, Johnny Gaudreau is due for a breakout, though he’s definitely trying to get there, Sam Bennett is coming off of being a healthy scratch, and Chad Johnson has really been fighting it as of late.

Why should people watch this game?

Baggedmilk:

It’s Hockey Night in Canada and you’re likely Canadian. What else are you doing? Not to mention, Connor McDavid is playing and watching him is likely better than anything you’re going to get up to anyway.

Ari Yanover:

Honestly Hayley Wickenheiser stole the show last time so I’m not sure how anyone can top that.

Say something nice about your opponent.

Baggedmilk:

I like the Flames more than the Leafs so I guess there’s that. 

Ari Yanover:

Commonwealth Stadium is neat.

Any last words?

Baggedmilk:

Thank you to Calgary for laying down and playing dead against the Oilers in the first three games of the series. We needed the points. 

Ari Yanover:

Congrats on one of your first overall picks finally working out for you guys.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

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  • Looch#27

    What exactly has Calgary done that’s worth bragging about in the last 10 years? Beating up on a poorly run oiler franchise?!?! Wow you guys are awesome!!! One playoff appearance and you got lucky and beat Van big whoop for you I guess you forgot that there’s more then one round because I believe you was swept next. WW a celebrity?!?! That just about made me spew out my coffee flames fans are extremely delusional to say the least. Go Oilers!!!

    • BobB

      We haven’t been the Oilers. That’s worth bragging about.

      You’re trying to prop up a few more wins this year, yet belittle the dozens and dozens more wins Calgary has had in the last decade, 4 playoff appearances (06-09,15) a first round win in 2015….and unlike an Oiler fan would be, we’re not happy with that. Our current roster unlike yours doesn’t reek of being built by ineptitude.

      Dude. Just because the oil have won what.. 8 or 9 games more this year than those that would have normally been losses during your decade of usual epic suck, you want a medal?

      Add up Oilers wins in the last decade or 820 games and try and find a worse sporting record in any sport. It’s truly pathetic.

      Don’t get ahead of yourselves, you’ve turned the corner by like 8 wins. Watch out NHL!

  • BobB

    Two words: Zack Pochiro.

    Orange and Blue, the colors of ineptitude and irrelevance.

    It must be tough being the Oilers – the team that 29 other teams fans and half of their own laugh at.

  • MessyEH!

    Calgary where the family trees look like flag poles!

    Home of the Saddle dump and the kiss your cousin festival. (The Trampede is actually a good Time. The girls love a dude who has never milked a bull.)

  • treblecharger

    Pretty sure the Falmes are gonna come out hard tonight, if Oil play like last couple games it will not be pretty.
    Personally, I hope for a line brawl donnybrook bloodbath type scenario. If I was Todd I would start Looch, Hendricks and Kass up front and Larsson and Gryba on the back ( wish Nurse was available). Remember, you €#*&%+> losers the C stands for CHOKE! Someone bring a Baggie for Johnny Midget to carry his teeth home in, it’s clobberin’ time!

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        Wow…look how far your team has come to consider a possible regular season sweep of the Mighty Flames as your Stanley Cup. When is the parade?

        • McDavid's Comet

          Mighty fLames? You wrote yesterday:

          “It pains me to say this, but Edmonton and Toronto play an entertaining brand of hockey…..while Calgary not so much. Edmonton has shown an ability to stay in a game and secure the loser point which will be very valuable. On the other hand, the cardiac kid mentality which was prevalent for a couple of years, is nowhere to be found. Quite simply, Edmonton has shown that they are never out of a game and Calgary has not been able to overcome late leads.”

          How come the change in attitude?

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            Wow….thanks for actually reading my posts. There is no change in attitude Mighty Flames is sarcasm, it simply means when a team like the Flames is not playing well then you need to Shoot a little higher for a benchmark.

            I said this before as well, Flames were outclassed in the first 2 games but unlucky not to win. Last weeks game in regulation. But that supports my claim that Edmonton can stay in games. The Flames are clicking on one cylinder, that is likely not going to last.

            The truth is a spirited win tonight will go a long way in building the team’s confidence up while another loss will seed the doubt.

          • McDavid's Comet

            My bad, didn’t quite catch the sarcasm, clearly you can admit when the team you cheer for is having its ups and downs without prejudice. Cheers and good luck tonight.

        • I am Batman

          How does that matter?

          All I’m saying is that if the Shames were to make the playoffs and they face the Oilers, the Oilers sweep the phlegms in 4 games.

          Just as they are about to be swept tonight. With our backup goalie and everything.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I wondered what happened to the Cousin Kissing festival….last I heard it moved up North and is now called the Klondike Days. It is not quite the same attraction as the Stampede but it gets Edmontonians out of their houses.

  • Trevy

    Just heard Brossoit is starting in net for the Oil tonight. What a convenient built in excuse for all the little Oiler fans to use when they lose tonight. I suppose you can’t really play your only decent goalie for the whole season…

  • MessyEH!

    The Flames have been looking very tired lately. According to their training staff they have figured out why.

    Now I’m not sure of the science behind it, but they have painted all of the players “Willies” Copper and Blue.

    They are confident that the players can’t beat anything that is a combination of those colors.

  • ZoilerZ

    Wow, some seriously weak chirps from CowTown…

    For a team with the “league’s best defence” and “quite possibly the best goaltending tandem in the league” (both semi-quotes from FlamesNation), how have they been doing the past couple of years? Or better, the past 20 years? Yeah, that’s kind what I thought as well….

  • BobB

    A young Benny Pouliot was just breaking into the league in 06-07 and since then thru 15-16 (a decade) the greasy Oil have just 298 wins in 786 games. (0.379 win %). Ouch.

    and the Flames have 383! 85 more wins than the Oil.

    Today Oilers fans are rejoicing how their team this year is such a incredible team and yet this year you have just 1 more win than we do in the same number of games.

    All hail the amazing Oilers. Sad Trombone.

    • Looch#27

      Ahhh poor flint!!! Your holding onto the past lames accomplishments!!! Sorry I forgot about your other two appearances I guess because they where oh so short! As for the win differentials this year the points are what really matter and your seriously lacking in those especially if the Oil sweep the season series. Bragging about the last decade is hilarious you guys are just as irrelevant as the Oilers have been but we see an end you still have Burke 🙂

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    Jankowski’s Hat Trick Powers Heat Past The Condors

    Jankowski, Mark G-3 A-1
    Shinkaruk, Hunter G-0 A-4
    Mangiapane, Andrew G-1 A-0
    Lomberg, Ryan G-1 A-0
    Wotherspoon, Tyler G-1
    Future is looking good!

          • Trevy

            Gladly, as soon as you all admit the only reason you can gloat or make feeble attempts at trash talking is because of your Golden child. Without him, the misery continues…which is really sad.

          • Let’s not forget Talbot. In fact, you should be crying tears of joy that he isn’t playing tonight.

            Whichever you’re chosen deity may be, pray and make all the animal sacrifices necessary to express your gratitude.

            The Flames have a chance to win because of that. Combine that with a tired Oilers team and you have your best chance at a win all season.

            I fully expect the Flames to win tonight. Yes, I’m an Oilers fan, but I’m also a realistic hockey fan that has seen the Flames face backups night in and night out because teams save their best for the Oilers.

            Let me put it this way, if the Flames don’t win by 3 goals then there are issues with the team. These circumstances should prompt a blow out.

  • kormega

    Being an Oilers fan means to undergo full spectre of hockey emotions – from dumped ugly seasons to Stanley Cup wins and best players ever wearing C on the jersey.

    Being a Flames fan is always feeling so-so.

  • Stu Cazz

    The Flames go on to become losers for the next 11 years. Not only losers but they consistently finish bottom 3, fire coaches almost on an annual basis and become a pathetic joke in all of pro sports for an incredible 11 year duration. The reward I’m told is a large number of 1st overalls, many of which don’t deliver on expectations and perhaps a lottery win involving a generational player. Then I woke up…it was a nightmare!! Thanks goodness the Flames organization will never reach such ineptness and embarrassment ! Life is to short…..

    GFG!

  • Big Jacks Meat

    Steaks check , beer check , BOA CHECK THAT.
    4 Friends coming over 3 of who are Calgary Transplants and huge fans. 3-2 Flamers over Oilers fans at my house. might be some exlax in someone’s dessert !! HA HA Should I ??

    They do tend to gloat heavily , love em anyway but… its great fun seriously.

    Lets battle Alberta !!

  • Lucky 13

    Wow what’s the point in speaking with the enemy?
    They’re over at Flames Nation anyway.. why gift them more gloating opportunities?

    Oil you win the pissing contest ok?

    We can’t stand the smell of urine, glad that you like it though!

  • Seriously Bored

    Didnt the flames at one point have the best goaltender in the nhl as well as one of the most elite wingers in the game? How many cups and playoff rounds did you guys win during that time again?

  • I am Batman

    Win or lose Oilers will still be ahead of Shames.

    Win or lose, we already took 6 points from them and only gave away one.

    Win or lose, Oilers have a more fun team.

    Win or lose Shames suck. Big time.