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
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Hunter Shinkaruk
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – Joe Colborne
Michael Ferland – Sam Bennett – Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig – Matt Stajan – Derek Grant
Mark Giordano – Deryk Engelland
TJ Brodie – Dougie Hamilton
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jakub Nakladal
Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall – Levon Draisaitl – Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski – Mark Letestu – Iiro Pakarinen
Matt Hendricks – Anton Lander – Zack Kassian
Andrej Sekera – Mark Fayne
Jordan Oesterle – Griffin Reinhart
Darnell Nurse – Adam Clendenberg
Being the last time the Flames play the Oilers at Rexall Place, take a look at this Historic Battle of Alberta gallery.