Red-hot Calgary hosts latest Battle of Alberta
Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 7:00 PM
Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff WriterOILERS (2-4-0) at FLAMES (5-3-0)
Season series --
This is the third of six meetings between the teams. The Oilers earned a 4-0 victory at Rexall Place in the season opener, but the Flames answered with a 5-3 victory in Calgary nine days later.
Big story --
Round 3 in the Battle of Alberta features two teams headed in opposite directions. The Flames have won two straight and four of five. The Oilers have lost four in a row after winning their first two games of the season.
A lot was expected of the Oilers, who opened the season with talented rookies Taylor Hall
, Jordan Eberle
and Magnus Paajarvi
. They've played well, but it hasn't been enough.
The big problem right now is the penalty killing. After killing all nine power plays in their first two games, the Oilers have allowed nine power-play goals in 18 opportunities.
"It's got to get fixed," Oilers coach Tom Renney told the Edmonton Sun. "It's very debilitating when you can stay with a team five-on-five and your specialty teams go out and can't get the job done."
They've won two straight, and their most recent win might have been their most impressive. The Flames scored four first-period goals on their way to a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
"I thought we had a really solid game by everyone, but I thought our forwards especially, they played really well," Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr told the Calgary Sun. "They were skating well. They were finishing all their checks. They were providing a lot of pressure."
Who's hot --
Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney
has 4 points in his last three games, all assists. … The Flames have been getting outstanding play from forward Rene Bourque
, who has 5 goals and an assist in his last two games, and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff
, who has two shutouts in his last three starts.
Injury report --
For the Oilers, Theo Peckham
has been dealing with a hand injury and is questionable. For the Flames, Daymond Langkow
(neck), Ales Kotalik (knee), David Moss
(shoulder), Raitis Ivanans
(concussion) and Adam Pardy (shoulder) are out.
Stat pack --
Eight of the Oilers' next 10 games are on the road. … Nikolai Khabibulin
is one of five goalies to have played every game for their teams this season.
Puck drop --
"Penalty killing is a mission. Guys that get a chance to do that, on the good teams, those players take it so seriously, they're so embraced with the concept of being a good penalty killer that they're so successful. We've got to get to that point." -- Oilers coach Tom Renney