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Preview: Flames vs. Oilers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

OILERS (15-18-3) at FLAMES (16-16-2)

TV: SN (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have split road victories this season, Connor McDavid had his first two-goal game and three points in the Oilers' 5-2 win on Oct. 17. Taylor Hall had three points for the Oilers; David Jones scored twice for the Flames. Michael Frolik completed a hat trick by scoring the game-winner with nine seconds left to give Calgary a 5-4 win on Oct. 31. Hall has two goals and six points in the two games.

Oilers team scope: Edmonton has lost four straight road games, including a 2-1 overtime defeat at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Edmonton has seven goals in its past five games (1-3-1) and went 0-for-3 on the power play Saturday. The Oilers have one power-play goal in their past six games (1-for-16). "We're a better team than how we're playing right now," coach Todd McLellan told the Oilers website. "Our power play let us down when we needed a goal from them." Goalie Cam Talbot remained in the game Saturday late in the third period after his head slammed into the post. "I feel better now, just shaken up at the time ... It kind of rung my bell but I felt OK when I got up and took a drink," he said. Talbot started the past two games and likely will back up Anders Nilsson on Sunday. The Oilers play six straight games at home after visiting the Flames.

Flames team scope: Calgary goes for a franchise-best 11th straight win at home; the Flames haven't lost at Scotiabank Saddledome since a 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 30. The 10 straight home wins tied the team record set in November-December 2006. "Without that game [scoring the tying goal with one second left] against Boston and the game against Dallas [a three-goal third period comeback], and we would still be having a good homestand but we wouldn't be talking about records," coach Bob Hartley said Saturday. "We deserve it. We were very opportunistic at the right time." The Flames hadn't skated for three days. "We talked during the video session about our situation, the standings, the rest of the season...it's a tough task since there's so much hockey to be played," Hartley said. "You have to be ready for [the Oilers'] offense. They are fast and very skilled. ... we will have to be at our best." Forward Johnny Gaudreau hat a hat trick in a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and has 10 goals and 16 points in 10 games this month.

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