CALGARY, AB -- Not unlike the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers would need a considerable run up the Western Conference standings to even contend for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And, as a result, could see a number of changes to the roster heading into the NHL Trade Deadline next Wednesday. Veterans like Nick Schultz and Ales Hemsky could find new homes at the Oilers look to maximize value in expiring contracts in building towards next season.
This Season: 20-34-7 (14th in West)
Last Season: 19-22-7, 45 points (12th in West)
Notable Injuries: Philip Larsen missed Thursday’s game against the Wild due to illness. Nail Yakupov also left the game against Minnesota after blocking a shot and is questionable for Saturday.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-2-0
Though he showed a little rust in allowing three goals on 21 shots against the Wild, Scrivens has been lights out since being acquired by the Oilers. The 27-year-old free agent at season’s end is 3-4-0 with a 2.15 goals against average and .940 save percentage in seven games with Edmonton. Overall, Scrivens sports a 2.02 GAA and .934 save percentage split between the Oilers and Los Angeles Kings.
Though Eberle is second on the Oilers with 45 points this season, he has been cold of late. The 23-year-old pride of Regina, SK has gone five straight without a goal, a stretch that comes after Eberle recorded eight points in seven games. Still, the 5-foot-11 forward has been lethal all-time against the Flames, amassing eight goals -- including his first career NHL marker -- and 18 points in 19 games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hall has continued his emergence with the Oilers this season. The Calgary, AB native leads all Oilers skaters with 36 assists and 56 points. His 20 goals trail only David Perron, too. He’s been equally good all-time against the Flames, recording four goals and 13 points in 14 career contests against Calgary.
Though he’s struggled to produce in the NHL of late, Hemsky had a standout performance for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent recorded three points in five games at the Olympics, but hasn’t recorded one for the Oilers since Jan. 12.
Second in assists on the Oilers with 28 and third in points at 43, Nugent-Hopkins has returned to his point-producing form. Perhaps more importantly for the former Red Deer Rebels standout is that he’s played in 59 of 61 games for the Oilers after shoulder injuries have riddled his young career.