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Game Matchup: Battle of Alberta (Flames @ Oilers)

Game Matchup: 

CALGARY FLAMES (32-40-6) at EDMONTON OILERS (30-42-7)

Calgary and Edmonton will play each other for the last time this season, at the Rexall Place on Saturday.

The Flames and Oilers have split the four games they’ve played. Forward Taylor Hall is Edmonton’s leading scorer with two goals and six assists. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot is 2-1-0, including a 31-save performance in a 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 16. Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Frolik each have game-winning goals for Calgary.

FLAMES SCOPE: Edmonton has a 54-43-9-6 regular-season record against its provincial rival. Calgary is 1-5-0 in its past six games and is coming off road losses to the Anaheim Ducks (8-3) and Los Angeles Kings during a midweek trip. Frolik (upper body) is out, but is expected to return when the Flames host the Kings on Tuesday. Gaudreau returned Thursday after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Goalie Joni Ortio, who made 26 saves against Los Angeles, is expected to start. Calgary reassigned defenseman Brett Kulak to Stockton of the American Hockey League on Friday; he played two games in March.

EDMONTON SCOPE: Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion), defenseman Eric Gryba (knee) and left wing Benoit Pouliot (shoulder) will not play. Nugent-Hopkins and Gryba are close to returning, and may play in Edmonton’s final home game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. Center Connor McDavid was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 15 games. Despite missing 37 games with a broken clavicle, McDavid will be in contention for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.



Calgary Flames Projected Lineup

FORWARDS: 
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Hunter Shinkaruk

Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – Joe Colborne

Michael Ferland – Sam Bennett – Josh Jooris

Brandon Bollig – Matt Stajan – Derek Grant

DEFENCEMEN: 

Mark Giordano – Deryk Engelland

TJ Brodie – Dougie Hamilton

Jyrki Jokipakka – Jakub Nakladal

GOALTENDER:

Joni Ortio

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup

FORWARDS: 

Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Jordan Eberle

Taylor Hall – Levon Draisaitl – Nail Yakupov

Lauri Korpikoski – Mark Letestu – Iiro Pakarinen

Matt Hendricks – Anton Lander – Zack Kassian

DEFENCEMEN: 

Andrej Sekera – Mark Fayne

Jordan Oesterle – Griffin Reinhart

Darnell Nurse – Adam Clendenberg

GOALTENDER:

Cam Talbot
Being the last time the Flames play the Oilers at Rexall Place, take a look at this Historic Battle of Alberta gallery.

codihawkes
Codi Hawkes is a born and raised Calgarian who has a passion for hockey. Growing up Codi was a Calgary Flames enthusiast, with that comes memories of the 2003-2004 Stanley Cup finals at the young age of six, and the 2014-2015 season by finishing third in the Pacific Division the qualified for their first Flames playoff appearance since '09. He is currently a sportswriter and blogger for weliveforhockey.com which posts all NHL news. Codi covers the league’s top stories, and is currently considering Journalism studies at SAIT this Fall.
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