OILERS (24-17-5) at FLAMES (24-17-5)
10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, NHL.TV
Cam Talbot will make his season-high third straight start when the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
Talbot, who played 227 games (222 starts) for Edmonton from 2015-19, is 5-2-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in his past eight games (seven starts) for the Flames, who are on a four-game winning streak after going 2-5-1 in their previous eight games.
Goalie Mikko Koskinen will make his first start in five games for the Oilers, who are on a three-game winning streak and are 4-0-1 in their past five games. Koskinen is 2-2-0 with a 4.19 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in his past four starts, including allowing four goals on 24 shots before being relieved by Mike Smith in a 5-1 loss against Calgary on Dec. 27.
Players to watch
Oilers forward Connor McDavid has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.
They said it
"It's definitely not another game. It's a big game for us. We're tied here [for third place in the Pacific Division]. It's the Battle of Alberta. It's one everyone gets up for. Saturday night. Hockey Night in Canada. We'll be ready to go. The way we played last game against Calgary (Dec. 27), we want to be a lot better tonight." -- Oilers forward James Neal
"I think that's what makes this game so great. Big rivalry game like this. Chance to move to first in the division. You can make up any storyline you want, but it's all about the two points tonight. They've won four of their last five. We've won four in a row. Two teams rolling. Two teams looking to move up the standings. Fans are excited. Players are all excited." -- Flames forward Milan Lucic
Oilers projected lineup
James Neal -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl -- Kailer Yamamoto
Joakim Nygard -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald
Sam Gagner -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear
Kris Russell -- Caleb Jones
Scratched: Patrick Russell, William Lagesson, Jujhar Khaira
Injured: Matt Benning (concussion)
Flames projected lineup
Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane
Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund
Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube
Sam Bennett -- Tobias Rieder -- Zac Rinaldo
Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson
Scratched: Mark Jankowski, Michael Stone
Gagner will replace Khaira after being a healthy scratch the past four games. …Rieder will play in place of Jankowski after being a healthy scratch the past two games.
Nugent-Hopkins has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past five games. …Draisaitl has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak. …Monahan needs two points for 400 in the NHL.