FLAMES (20-20-2) at OILERS (17-23-5)
TV: CBC, SN (8:00 PM MT)
Season series: The Calgary Flames have defeated the Edmonton Oilers twice in three games. Defenceman TJ Brodie leads the Flames with a goal and three assists; forward Michael Frolik has three goals. Oilers forward Taylor Hall has two goals and seven points.
Flames team scope: Goalie Jonas Hiller will make his first back-to-back starts since Dec. 10-12. Forward Jiri Hudler had two assists in a 6-0 win against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday but will be out again after a week's absence prior to Wednesday. "He was telling us he was good, but this morning getting on the ice, it was clear that it was not good," Hartley told the Flames website. "He wanted to go for a skate, and obviously after a while he told the trainers, 'I just can't go.'" Frolik, who has missed 12 games with an upper-body injury, skated on a line with left wing Sam Bennett and center Michael Backlund and could return, meaning Joe Colborne likely will be scratched for the second straight game. Defenceman Kris Russell (maintenance day) did not practice Friday.
Oilers team scope: Edmonton did not practice on Friday after a 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Forward Rob Klinkhammer cleared waivers and was reassigned to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League. Forward Zack Kassian, acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens last month, made his Oilers debut against the Sharks, and forward Nail Yakupov returned after missing seven weeks because of a sprained ankle. Yakupov scored Thursday. "I thought he had a lot of energy," coach Todd McLellan told the Oilers website. "He played fast. He was prepared to shoot the puck, and we'd been missing that dangerous shot all the time. … I was impressed with him being able to play at the pace he did after being out as long as he was (22 games). Good for him." Goalie Cam Talbot has started seven of the past eight games. Forward Matt Hendricks will serve the second of a three-game suspension for boarding Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad on Sunday.