Record: 34-18-6 Season Series: 1-2-0 Last Five: 3-0-2
Record: 29-25-4 Season Series: 2-1-0 Last Five: 3-2-0
OILERS LEADING SCORERS
Flames @ Oilers 8pm MT Rexall Place Edmonton, AB TV: CBC Radio: The Fan 960
The Flames conclude a week of facing Northwest rivals with a battle against their northern Alberta neighbour, Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night at Rexall Place as part of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. The big focus for the team this week was to widen the gap between them and the other division foes.
While the Flames suffered a home loss against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, they clinched an overtime win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Adrian Aucoin scored with 1:10 left in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory. Dustin Boyd and Rene Bourque scored the other two goals.
Defence had improved which has been overly reliant on Miikka Kiprusoff. He faced an average of 39 shots in the last four games.
"I only saw one shot in the third period and I kind of liked it," Kipper said.
Calgary is 4-0-2 in their last six games and continues to stay at first with 74 points with an eight point lead over the Canucks.
Recent injuries hopefully won’t hamper the Flames abilities in tonight’s matchup. Rene Bourque was on an eight point streak in his last six games, but sprained his ankle on Thursday. He won't be playing in tonight’s game. General Manager Darryl Sutter announced on Friday that Jamie Lundmark has been recalled from the Quad City Flames. This will be Lundmark’s second stint with Calgary this season after playing in three games in December where he registered two assists and had a +2 rating.
Flames coach Mike Keenan said Bourque is "going to be gone for a long time" after Thursday’s game.
Daymond Langkow was hit in the wrist with a puck, and Andre Roy suffered a mild concussion after a hit by Canucks' Darcy Hordichuk during Tuesday’s game. They both missed Thursday’s game and listed as day-to-day.
Brandon Prust and Jim Vandermeer returned to action from the infirmary. Prust was out for 26 games with a broken jaw, and Vandermeer was out for 35 nursing a broken ankle.
The Oilers are hanging on to eighth place with 62 points with the Anaheim Ducks only one point behind while the Wild is two points behind. They concluded a four-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night with Liam Reddox and Shawn Horcoff scoring both goals.
Calgary lost both home-and-home games when they faced Edmonton at the beginning of the season, but was able to clinch a victory on December 31 at home. Both Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri tallied two goals and three assists to lead the team to a 6-4 victory. The last time the Flames won a game at Rexall was on April 1, 2008.
The Flames will return home after tonight’s matchup for two home games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday followed by a visit from the Wild on Friday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the Flames…
With both Langkow and Bourque on the IR, it’s up to Iginla and Cammalleri to step up in Flames scoring. Iggy’s two point effort on Tuesday broke a seven-game scoreless streak, and put him in second place in Flames all-time scoring surpassing Al MacInnis. If he picks up the momentum, he can become the all-time scoring leader by accrueing eight more points and beating Theo Fleury who currently sits at top with 830.
For the Oilers...
Shawn Horcoff picked up his 14th goal in the 4-2 loss against the Stars. He has six points in the last five including three goals he netted against Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. He is second in scoring for the Oilers and leads the team with a +9.
PREVIOUS GAME Calgary 3, Minnesota 2 (OT) Thursday, February 19, 2009
Calgary has now earned points in its last six games with a 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild. Rene Bourque scored the games only first period goal to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Dan Fritsche would tie things at 1-1 with a short handed goal, his first goal as a member of the Wild, after getting tangled up with Bourque which caused him to leave the game with a lower body injury. Colton Gillies gave the Wild a one goal lead at 6:56 when he slid one past Kiprusoff, Peter Olvecky would pick up his first NHL point with the assist. Dustin Boyd tied things when he beat a sprawled out Backstrom at 16:10 of the second period. Adrian Aucoin missed on a breakaway in the extra frame, but was able to later bank a shot of Brent Burns that slipped by Backstrom for the 3-2 win in overtime. Kiprusoff made 25 saves in his league leading 34th victory.
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100 Jarome Iginla needs five goals for 400 and eight points to become the Flames all-time leader Miikka Kiprusoff needs seven wins for 200 Daymond Langkow needs three points for 600 Eric Nystrom needs two games for 100 Dion Phaneuf need eight points for 200 Cory Sarich needs two assists for 100
Rene Bourque is out with an ankle injury after Thursday. Andre Roy is out with a concussion and Daymond Langkow (hand) is day-to-day. Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.