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The Flames and Oilers can't wait to kick off the season on Wednesday night

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Mark Giordano on opening the season against the Oilers:

"We're focused. We know it's a tough task. They're a good hockey team over there, who plays with a lot of speed. We'll game plan for that and be ready for tonight."

"First game of the year is always ramped up but being a divisional game against our biggest rival, there's a lot of emotion and a lot that goes into the game. We have to use it in a positive way - be really relaxed out there and try and get our emotions in check as soon as we can. It's going to be exciting, everyone is going to be pumped to play, but just play relaxed and play our game and I think we'll have a good shot."

Johnny Gaudreau on not losing the excitement surrounding season openers:

"I get to play hockey every day of my life as my job. I don't look at it as my job at all. I try to take it all in, enjoy it, have fun with it. Not everyone gets to do this as their job."

Glen Gulutzan on adding the likes of Travis Hamonic and Mike Smith over the off-season:

"Every year is different but certainly adding those guys is really going to benefit our group. To have a defenceman the quality of Hammer in our lineup - great skater, competitor, great person - it's been a benefit already. And then Smitty back there, he's one of the best and probably the best at moving the puck, which is going to help our transition game. We think we've upgraded in those positions."

Connor McDavid on the Battle Of Alberta:

"It's a big game right off the hop. It's a team that has high expectations in Calgary and so do we so it's a good test for us early."

"It was a long summer. Everyone is starting at zero and it's exciting that the new season is here … everyone knows what's at stake here tonight and we're looking forward to it."

Kailer Yamamoto on making his NHL debut and who will be in Edmonton to watch him tonight:

"A lot of nerves, a lot of excitement. It's going to be a really good feeling when I step out onto that ice for the first time. It's going to be awesome."

"My mom, my sister and my dad. My brother can't make it because he has a game tomorrow."

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