There is more than just the trade deadline on the minds of the Edmonton Oilers today. Tonight, they also play against Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames, for the second time in three nights. More importantly, a win can move the Oilers into 8th spot in the Western Conference, at least for the time being.
The teams last met on Monday night in Edmonton where the Oilers won 4-1. Leading the way was Justin Schultz with a goal and two assists. Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and Nail Yakupov also had two points each.
The Oilers are currently in 9th spot in the conference just one point behind the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. With both of those teams idle tonight, the Oilers have a chance to make up some more ground.
Calgary is out of the playoff picture, currently sitting in 14th place. More importantly, they have finally surrendered to accepting their need for a rebuild and have traded two of their best and most expensive players, Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester. It’s bad for Flames fans this season, but a necessity for the future.
The Oilers have been impressive in winning their last four games and have gone 6-2-2 in their last ten. Part of which can be attributed to the recently re-united top line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Hall. The trio has combined for 21 points in the team’s last four games, led by Hall who has nine of them.
GOALTENDERS: Devan Dubnyk looks like he will get the call again for Edmonton after beating the Flames on Monday, with Joey MacDonald between the pipes for Calgary.