If the Edmonton Oilers
hope to put an end to a pair of lengthy losing streaks at the hands of the Calgary Flames
, they'll do so without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Still bothered by a shoulder injury suffered Feb. 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs
, Nugent-Hopkins isn't ready to return.
"There's no discussion on that right now," associate coach Ralph Krueger said. "He's not 100 percent and he will not play unless he is 100 percent."
The Flames have won nine straight 'Battle of Alberta' contests and 10 consecutive on home ice. Calgary's winning streak over the Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome is the longest home streak against any opponent for the Flames.
"Lately they've really taken it to us," Krueger said. "They've played well of late. They're really looking like a playoff team at the moment, so we know we need to bring our 'A' game today irrelevant of the series so far. It's Calgary playing probably its best hockey.
"They have to win and we want to win. The pressure is definitely in their court."
In the crease, Devan Dubnyk
is expected to get the start. Nikolai Khabibulan suffered a groin injury in Edmonton's 5-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks
on Saturday and is expected to be out for 7-10 days. The Oilers have called up Yann Danis
to serve as Dubnyk's backup.
Here's the projected lineup for the Oilers:
- Sam Gagner
- Jordan Eberle
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ales Hemsky
- Eric Belanger
- Ben Eager
- Anton Lander
- Lennart Petrell
- Jeff Petry
- Tom Gilbert
- Andy Sutton