After 31 years – and two long days – of waiting, it’s finally time for a Stanley Cup playoff edition of the Battle of Alberta. The Calgary Flames (4-3; 1st place, Pacific Division) face the Edmonton Oilers (4-3; 2nd place, Pacific Division) in Game 1 of the Pacific Division Final series. Bragging rights, and a trip to the Western Conference Final, are up for grabs.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. MT. You can catch the game on CBC and Sportnet’s national feed in Canada (with Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson), ESPN in the United States (with John Buccigross and Brian Boucher), and over the airwaves on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias)!

The Flames

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:
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@Johnny Gaudreau – @Elias Lindholm – @Matthew Tkachuk
@Andrew Mangiapane – @Mikael Backlund – @Tyler Toffoli
@Dillon Dube – @Calle Jarnkrok – @Blake Coleman
@Milan Lucic – @Trevor Lewis – @Brett Ritchie
@Noah Hanifin – @Rasmus Andersson
@Oliver Kylington – @Michael Stone
@Nikita Zadorov – @Erik Gudbranson
@Jacob Markstrom [3-3, 1.52 GAA, .945 SV%] starts in net, backed up by @Daniel Vladar. The scratches are expected to be goalie @Adam Werner, blueliners @Connor Mackey, @Juuso Valimaki and @Michael Stone and forwards @Ryan Carpenter and @Adam Ruzicka. It was an optional skate but most of the key players skated this morning – including Tanev – so we’re operating under the assumption that he’s in. But we’ll see what happens in warm-up.
Update: No Tanev, Stone in on second pairing.
The Flames made hay on home ice in Round 1, winning three of their four home dates (and getting three of their four wins on home ice). Expect them to do what they can to feed off the energy early and keep the crowd loud. The first 10 minutes (or so) should be pretty scrambly as the two clubs try to figure each other out.
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The Oilers

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:
@Leon Draisaitl – @Connor McDavid – @Kailer Yamamoto
@Evander Kane – @Ryan McLeod – @Zach Hyman
@Josh Archibald – @Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – @Derek Ryan
rotating – @Zach Kassian – @Jesse Puljujarvi
@Darnell Nurse – @Cody Ceci
@Duncan Keith – @Evan Bouchard
@Brett Kulak – @Tyson Barrie
@Kris Russell
@Mike Smith starts for the Oilers, backed up by @Mikko Koskinen. The projected extras are @Devin Shore, @Derick Brassard and @Warren Foegele, along with many, many black aces. It appears that they’re going with seven defenders and 11 forwards, but we’ll see how they line up at warm-up. A few Oilers didn’t skate this morning, but reportedly everybody is available.
The Oilers started Round 1 at home and ended up losing a heartbreaker. Expect them to be emotionally engaged and focused on taking the partisan Saddledome crowd out of it early.
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The numbers

Calgary
Edmonton
Wins
4
4
Adjusted Corsi For
60.4%
54.0%
Expected Goals For
60.0%
57.1%
Power Play
8.3%
36.8%
Penalty Kill
91.7%
87.5%

Unfit to play

The Flames are without Sean Monahan.
The Oilers are without Oscar Klefbom.

When last we met

These teams split their four regular season meetings evenly, with the home team winning every time.

Know thy enemy

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