CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames get back to work tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers at 7:00 PM MT.
The Oilers are on the second half of a back-to-back road set which saw them drop their first game in Vancouver 2-1 in overtime. Mark Letestu scored Edmonton's lone goal in the setback.
Despite the loss, head coach Todd McLellan was pleased with his team's effort and is hoping they can carry the jump they showed last night into this evening's edition of The Battle of Alberta.
"I thought it was a pretty evenly matched game. A couple teams that are in the same boat, coming out of the Christmas break with a handful of injuries and makeshift lineups. We had our fair share of opportunities, they had theirs. Neither of the power plays could click," McLellan told EdmontonOilers.com.
"At the end of the night they got one by our goaltender, but it was a pretty evenly matched game. I liked a number of our players coming out of the Christmas break."
With last night's loss, the Oilers have dropped their last four road games and now are 5-13-2 in opposition barns. Their last road win came on Dec. 14 when they picked up a 3-2 OT win in Boston.
2015 vs. the Flames: 1-1-0
All-Time Record vs. the Flames: 91-105-18-8
Notable Injuries: Oscar Klefbom (undisclosed), Brandon Davidson (ribs), Nail Yakupov (ankle), Connor McDavid (clavicle), Rob Klinkhammer (foot), Andrew Ference (undisclosed)
Who's HOT: Taylor Hall
The first overall pick in 2010 has led the Oilers offensively this season with 15 goals and 39 point in 36 games. While he was held pointless in Vancouver last night, Hall has four points in his last three games and 14 points in the month of December. Always a threat in the offensive zone, the 24-year-old fires plenty of shots on net -- he has wired 22 at opposition goaltenders in his last five games.
Honourable Mention: Leon Draisaitl
The Oilers sophomore is second in team scoring with nine goals and 30 points and is tied for the team lead with a plus-13 rating. Draisaitl has three points in his last three games and has put eight shots on net in that span. He has thrived on a line with Hall and Teddy Purcell, a trio that is expected to play together tonight.
Who's NOT: Justin Schultz
The defenceman has been limited to just one goal and four points in 22 games this season and is a minus-seven on the year. He has just three points in his last 15 skates. The past two seasons, Schultz has managed to eclipse the 30-point plateau but is currently on pace for 12 points.