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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (3-2-0) at Calgary Flames (1-3-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT.

For a change, the Edmonton Oilers are chasing the Calgary Flames for supremacy in Alberta.

The provincial rivals clash for the first of eight meetings this season as the Flames try to snap a three-game losing streak.

Edmonton has long held the upper hand in the "Battle of Alberta," especially when the Oilers won five Stanley Cups from 1983-1991. Calgary won just one of four playoff series between the teams in that span.

The Flames, however, enter this season as defending Western Conference champions and easily won the 2003-04 season series, 4-1-1.

Both teams have not qualified for the playoffs in the same season since 1990-91, when Edmonton eliminated Calgary in seven games in the first round.

Edmonton expects to return to the postseason after missing out in 2003-04 following the additions of center Michael Peca and defenseman Chris Pronger.

Peca, one of the league's best defensive forwards, has no goals and two assists in his first five games. Pronger also has no goals and two assists this season.

The Oilers suffered a second straight loss, 3-2 to Dallas on Friday.

Jason Smith and Jani Rita scored to help Edmonton rally from a 2-0 deficit in the second period before Steve Ott's third-period goal sent the Oilers to their first home loss this season.

Oilers center Shawn Horcoff, who had six points in the first four games, injured his right shoulder in the second period and didn't return. His status for Saturday is unknown.

Calgary is trying to recover from its third straight loss.

The Flames raised their Western Conference championship banner on Thursday before a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas.

Another bad start was too much for Calgary to overcome. The Flames have yet to score in the first period this season, and managed only six shots over the first 20 minutes on Thursday.

"I'd like to score seven, eight, nine, 10 goals in the first period one of these games," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

Calgary star forward Jarome Iginla, tied for the league lead with 41 goals in 2003-04, is off to a slow start with one goal this season. He had two goals and five assists in six games against Edmonton in 2003-04.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 13): Oilers - 6 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Flames - 3 points, 5th place, 3 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 4 goals; Ales Hemsky and Radek Dvorak, 4 assists; Horcoff, 6 points; Ethan Moreau, 12 PIM. Flames - Tony Amonte, Daymond Langkow and Chuck Kobasew, 2 goals; Roman Hamrlik, 4 assists; Amonte and Hamrlik, 5 points; Darren McCarty, 15 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 13): Oilers - Power play: 21.4 percent (6 for 28), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (27 for 32), 17th. Flames - Power play: 6.5 percent (2 for 31), 29th. Penalty killing: 58.1 percent (18 for 31), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA); Ty Conklin (1-1-0, 3.48). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (1-3-1, 4.45); Philippe Sauve (0-0-0, 3.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flames, 4-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 9, 2004; Tied, 1-1. At Calgary, Markkanen made 30 saves, including a glove save on Iginla with seven seconds left in regulation. Horcoff scored the tying goal for Edmonton midway through the third period.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 1-1-0 on the road; Flames - 0-0-1 at home.

Associated Press

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