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Preview: Flames vs. Oilers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

OILERS (0-4-0) at FLAMES (1-3-0)


Season series: The Calgary Flames swept the season series against the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15, winning all five games and outscoring their provincial rival 21-8. Forward Joe Colborne, who has yet to play this season because of a broken thumb, led the Flames with four goals and seven points. Goaltender Jonas Hiller had a 1.50 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in four wins. Forward Jordan Eberle paced Edmonton with two goals and an assist.

Oilers team scope: A 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in its home opener has Edmonton still seeking its first victory, but coach Todd McLellan remains upbeat despite the slow start. "If they put their heads down and don't stick their chest out it's going to make it even tougher," McLellan told the team's website. "If they hold their heads high and come and compete as hard as they can and give us an opportunity for success, then we'll be OK. We knew that we had a lot of work to do here and that hasn't changed." The Oilers have scored five goals in the four losses and are 1-for-14 on the power play. No changes are expected to the forward lines, but the Oilers could debut new combinations on the power play, including the addition of forward Mark Letestu to the second unit. "It's going to be a work in progress until we can just flow and understand concepts," McLellan said. "It's going to take a while."

Flames team scope: Calgary returns home for the second of back-to-back games after losing 3-1 at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. The Flames have one win through the first four games of the season and have lost two in a row, including 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues at home on Wednesday. The upside for Calgary is that captain Mark Giordano is rounding back into form. Giordano missed the final six weeks of the regular season and each of Calgary's 11 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon. "This guy is catching up," coach Bob Hartley said following the loss to the Jets. "He's working so hard that it's not a concern on our side. That's why his ice time is not going down. We just need to keep playing him. [Friday] is a great indication that our captain is back on track." Hartley didn't disclose any potential lineup changes.

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