GAME: Edmonton Oilers (28-27-11-2) at Calgary Flames (34-26-5-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Edmonton Oilers have been making a run at the playoffs over the past
three weeks. If they want to continue that push, they'll have to do something
they've done only once this season - beat the Calgary Flames.
Edmonton looks to extend its point streak to six games when it visits
Calgary for the sixth and final meeting between the Northwest Division rivals
The Oilers beat Chicago 4-3 in overtime on Sunday to earn at least one point
for the fifth straight game. Edmonton has gone 5-1-2-1 since Feb. 18 to move
within four points of both St. Louis and Los Angeles for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Eric Brewer had two goals on Sunday, and Jarret Stoll scored 44 seconds into
overtime to give the Oilers the victory.
"We found a way to win and get two points, which is huge this time of the
year," Stoll said. "Every game we need that, no matter if we're playing teams
below us in the standings or teams right above us."
The Flames are seven points above the Oilers in the West, sitting in a
sixth-place tie with Nashville. Calgary, which hasn't made the playoffs since
the 1995-96 season, is unbeaten in regulation against Edmonton (4-0-0-1) this
"Edmonton beats Calgary all the time," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.
"That is the history of the Flames not making the playoffs. So this (season)
has been a measuring stick."
The Flames snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday with a 7-1 road win
over the Colorado Avalanche.
Oleg Saprykin scored two goals, Craig Conroy had a goal and two assists and
Rhett Warrener had three assists for Calgary.
"Look at the standings," Flames forward Jarome Iginla said. "We need
these games. We're in the running for a playoff spot and it's very close. We
knew we had to get a win in Colorado, and it was a game where every single guy
STANDINGS (through March 7): Oilers - 69 points, 4th place, 16 PB, Northwest
Division. Flames - 76 points, 3rd place, 9 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 20 goals and 49 points; Radek Dvorak, 31
assists; Georges Laraque, 93 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 35 goals and 62 points;
Conroy, 31 assists; Chris Simon, 225 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 7): Oilers - Power play: 12.1 percent (34 for
282), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.2 percent (243 for 303), 29th. Flames -
Power play: 15.4 percent (47 for 306), 21st. Penalty killing: 83.6 percent (244
for 292), 17th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Tommy Salo (17-18-6, 3 SO, 2.58 GAA); Jussi Markkanen
(8-12-2, 2, 2.48). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (18-7-2, 2, 1.65); Roman Turek
(4-10-0, 1, 2.68).
SEASON SERIES: Flames, 4-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 28; Flames, 2-1. At Edmonton, Alberta, Iginla set up Dean
McAmmond's second-period goal, and scored the game-winner in the third to lead
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 11-15-7-2 on the road; Flames - 17-12-4-1 at