CALGARY, AB -- The Edmonton Oilers are seemingly piecing it together.
Slumping under lofty expectations, the Oilers managed just four wins in their first 21 games of the season. In their past nine games, though, Edmonton has come away with 12 points. That stretch started off with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Flames on Nov. 16th.
This Season: 10-18-2 (14th in West)
Last Season: 19-22-7, 45 points (12th in West)
Notable Additions: D Andrew Ference, D Denis Grebeshkov, G Richard Bachman, G Jason LaBarbera, F Ryan Hamilton, F Jesse Joensuu, LW David Perron, C Boyd Gordon, D Philip Larsen
Notable Subtractions: D Mark Fistric, F Shawn Horcoff, G Nikolai Khabibulin, F Magnus Paajarvi, D Theo Peckham, D Ryan Whitney, D Ladislav Smid
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Perron enters the Battle of Alberta riding a four-game point-scoring streak, amassing four goals and six points during that stretch. The 25-year-old’s run has him leading the Oilers in goals with 12, while his 24 points are second most on Edmonton. He’s just one of two regulars that isn’t a minus, too.
After bursting for five points in a four-game scoring streak, Yakupov has failed to record a point in each of Edmonton’s last six games. The 20-year-old former first overall pick sits 10th in scoring for the Oilers with four goals and nine points in 28 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Eberle enters the Battle of Alberta as the Oilers’ leading producer with 15 assists and 25 points in 30 games this season. The Regina, SK product is also the only Edmonton skater to record a shorthanded goal this season. He has eight goals and 18 points in 17 games all-time against the Flames.
Though he’s played seven fewer games than Eberle, Hall is just one point off the team lead in points and two behind Perron in goals. The 22-year-old is also coming off a hat trick (and four-point night) against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. In 12 career Battle of Alberta contests, Hall has three goals and 12 points.
Marincin is expected to play in just his second career NHL game and will be introduced to the Battle of Alberta on Saturday. The 21-year-old former Prince George Cougars defenceman has two goals and six points in 20 games with the Oklahoma City Barons this season.