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Preview: Flames vs. Oilers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


FLAMES (1-0-0) @ OILERS (1-0-0)

TV: 8:30 PM MT, CalgaryFlames.com, Flames app, YouTube, Facebook Live

Tournament series: The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will meet at the Young Stars Classic’s version of the ‘Battle of Alberta’ on Saturday. The Oilers beat the Flames 6-3 in last year’s game, with Josh Winquist scoring twice, and Leon Draisaitl adding two points for Edmonton. Hunter Smith and Andrew Mangiapane each scored for Calgary.

Flames team scope: Calgary opened the 2016 Young Stars Classic with a convincing 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. “I thought it was a good first game for our guys,” coach Ryan Huska said. “I think there were nerves both ways. Guys want to make a great impression. I thought as the game went on we competed really hard, put a lot of pucks to the net, and we got some scoring opportunities at the end because of it. It was nice to see.” Mangiapane had a goal and an assist, and Austin Carroll, Ryan Lomberg, and Matthew Phillips also scored for the Flames. Jon Gillies made 22 saves in his first action since undergoing season-ending hip surgery last December.

Oilers team scope: Edmonton took a 4-1 win in their tournament opener against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. In his first game in over five months following knee surgery, Jesse Puljujarvi, the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored twice and added an assist to pace the Oilers. “[First] period not so good, but after that [I was] feeling better,” Puljujarvi told the Oilers’ website. “We played good but we can be better.” Nick Ellis made 29 saves in the game. Joey Benik and Markus Niemelainen also scored for the Oilers, and Kyle Platzer had two assists.

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