THE BATTLE OF ALBERTA
The Calgary Flames are looking to turn around their 2016-17 series against the Edmonton Oilers after dropping the first two games in the four-game season set. Mikael Backlund leads the Flames with three points against the Oilers this year. His linemate Michael Frolik leads the team in goals scored against Edmonton with two.
In their last 10 games in Edmonton, the Flames boast a 8-1-1 record and have a seven-game winning streak during that stretch. Calgary has a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 games against Edmonton and have taken 21 of a possible 28 points in their last 14 meetings.
PILING UP THE ASSISTS
Matthew Tkachuk is the lone rookie and one of just nine NHLers with 15-or-more assists since Dec. 1. He and Dougie Hamilton are tied for the team lead in assists with 19 each and Tkachuk sits third in team scoring with 27 points through 35 games.
In addition to being tied with Tkachuk for the team lead in assists, D. Hamilton leads the Flames with four game-winning goals and 128 shots on net. The 23-year-old defenceman is fourth in team scoring with seven goals and 26 points. He heads into tonight's game with 13 points in his last 14 skates.
Since Dec. 6, the Flames have the best road penalty kill in the NHL at 96.3 percent - the club has allowed only one goal against on 27 short-handed situations. The power play is second-best in the league over that span at 30.4 percent, scoring seven times on just 23 chances.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Matt Stajan needs 1 game for 900.
Dennis Wideman needs 3 goals for 100.
Alex Chiasson needs 4 points for 100/
Tonight's game will be broadcast on CBC (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 8:00 PM MT. @NHLFlames will be live-tweeting tonight's edition of the Battle Of Alberta and posting exclusive content throughout the course of the day.