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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

GAME: Calgary Flames (41-24-8) at Edmonton Oilers (37-25-12).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

Having moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division, the Calgary Flames look to extend their lead when they meet the Edmonton Oilers in the season-series finale of the "Battle of Alberta."

Calgary won back-to-back games for the first time since March 2-4 with a 6-3 win Friday over Colorado. Winning the division would ensure the Flames one of the top three seeds in the playoffs.

Calgary currently has the fourth-most points in the Western Conference. The Flames own a two-point lead over both Colorado and Anaheim, are three ahead of seventh-place Vancouver and four in front of Edmonton, which holds the eighth and final playoff spot.

Chris Simon, Craig McDonald and Daymond Langkow scored in the second period as Calgary erased a 2-1 deficit.

"We came out in the second and played unbelievable," Donovan said. "Guy like MacDonald and (Byron) Ritchie and (Simon) and Chucky (Kobasew) and all those guys were flying around and generating a lot in the offensive zone. That's what we've got to do to get into the playoffs."

Shean Donovan added a third-period goal before Matthew Lombardi capped the scoring by successfully converting a short-handed penalty shot.

The Flames, though, are banged up as the regular season winds down. Calgary won without defensemen Jordan Leopold (groin) and Rhett Warrener (knee) and forwards Mike Leclerc (wrist), Marcus Nilson (knee) and Jamie Lundmark (eye).

Edmonton is coming off its first shutout win in nearly three months, a 4-0 triumph Thursday over Los Angeles.

Dwayne Roloson - acquired last month at the trading deadline to shore up the Oilers' shaky goaltending - made 20 saves for his first shutout with his new club.

"I seemed to be square all night long and pucks were hitting me," Roloson said. "We have to keep that killer instinct going."

It was Edmonton's first win via shutout since Ty Conklin turned aside 23 shots in a 5-0 victory on Jan. 3 over Chicago.

"It's important for any goalie coming to a new team to get his first shutout," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It couldn't have come at a better time."

Roloson, who played with Calgary from 1996-98, is just 5-7-3 against his former club.

Sergei Samsonov, also picked up in a trading deadline deal, had a goal and an assist. He has three goals in his last four games, with the Oilers going 3-1-0 in that span.

Samsonov has five goals and six assists in 10 career games against the Flames.

Edmonton has dropped six of its last nine meetings with Calgary at Rexall Place.

STANDINGS: Flames - 90 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Oilers - 86 points, 4th place, 4 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 32 goals and 58 points; Langkow, 28 assists; Darren McCarty, 111 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 33 goals; Ales Hemsky, 53 assists; Shawn Horcoff and Hemsky, 70 points; Jaroslav Spacek, 94 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 18.5 percent (79 for 427), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (376 for 449), 12th. Oilers - Power play: 18.3 percent (82 for 448), 12th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (370 for 441), 9th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (37-20-8, 8 SO, 2.19 GAA); Brian Boucher (4-7-0, 0, 4.16). Oilers - Roloson (11-21-4, 2, 2.89); Ty Conklin (7-5-1, 1, 2.85).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 4-3.

LAST MEETING: March 16; Oilers, 3-2 (OT). Samsonov scored 3:04 into overtime and Roloson finished with 18 saves. Lombardi and Leclerc scored for the Flames.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 15-17-5 on the road; Oilers - 17-14-6 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '06CGY 4 at EDM 1K. Huselius
Mar 16 '06CGY 2 at EDM 3 - OTS. Horcoff
Jan 23 '06CGY 3 at EDM 1K. Huselius
Dec 31 '05EDM 5 at CGY 6K. Huselius
Dec 19 '05CGY 4 at EDM 5F. Pisani
Nov 25 '05EDM 2 at CGY 1 - SOF. Pisani
Oct 20 '05EDM 1 at CGY 3C. Kobasew
Oct 15 '05EDM 0 at CGY 3D. Langkow
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