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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. OILERS

The Flames will kick off the pre-season with a pair of games against the Oilers

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames will kick off the 2017 pre-season with a pair of games against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Sept. 18.

The annual split squad match-ups will feature one game played at the Scotiabank Saddledome and the other at Rogers Place.

Both games are set for 7:00 p.m. MT starts and will be streamed on CalgaryFlames.com (in-market only due to broadcast restrictions).

Calgary will announce their rosters for each game on Monday morning.

Heading into the pre-season, Gulutzan has a specific target for his veteran players to ensure they're in prime condition for the regular season.

"They'll play four (games)," Gulutzan said on Sunday. "Barring any sort of knick or anything like that, they'll all play four games. Home and away won't play into it. They'll play four games, some home and some road.

"We'll get the lineup as close as we can for the last two (games) - it will be really close for them, it might be the lineup for the last two, but they're all going to get four."

In addition to the pair of games against the Oilers, the Flames will face the Vancouver Canucks (home and away), the Winnipeg Jets (home and away) and the Arizona Coyotes (home) during the pre-season.

INJURY NOTES: Matthew Tkachuk left practice early on Sunday for precautionary reasons and should be ready for Monday's games … Daniel Pribyl, Zach Fischer and Joel Lowry have not been skating during camp and will not play.

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