The Calgary Flames will be looking for a measure of revenge tonight when they meet the Edmonton Oilers for the second game of a home-and-home season to start the 2006-07 NHL season. Tonight's game is at 8:00 p.m. MDT and can be seen on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
A win tonight in regulation time for Edmonton would double their output of one regulation victory from last season and would certainly send a statement that this year's edition of the team is one to be reckoned with. The Oilers also had an overtime win and shootout win against the Flames in 2005-06.
On Thursday, Edmonton eliminated a lot of question marks as they limited Calgary's scoring chances and looked to be in control of the game after Petr Sykora's opening goal. The Flames will come out flying tonight with the crowd behind them and will pose a good test for the Oilers.
OILERS TO WATCH:
The line of Petr Sykora, Raffi Torres and Ales Hemsky
have been together since day one of camp and when it mattered most - Thursday's home opener - they did as advertised... Sykora's two goals matched a career high and Hemsky looked dangerous every time he had the puck. Torres also had numerous chances and was robbed by Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on more than one occasion... Dwayne Roloson looked like the Roloson who led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final last spring and will have to bring his A-game again tonight to give the Oilers a chance to win it.
FLAMES TO WATCH:
Calgary's two best players were their two best players on Thursday night. Jarome Iginla had numerous chances, scored the Flames' only goal and almost scored another on a penalty shot. Miikka Kiprusoff did everything he could do to keep his team in the game. He made a number of big stops that could have been momentum shifters but his team could not generate anything offensively... Alex Tanguay was nearly invisible on Thursday but does not usually underperform on consecutive nights. He could be dangerous tonight and is a Flame to keep an eye on... Dion Phaneuf is seeing his role increase this season for Calgary. He has been moved to the top pairing with Robyn Regehr and coach Jim Playfair gave him a team-leading 29:20 of ice-time.
Edmonton–The Oilers are healthy. Calgary–Defenceman Rhett Warrener (knee) and forward Eric Nystrom are both questionable.
The last time Edmonton won a game in regulation time in Calgary was on March 11, 2003 in a 5-2 win... Patrick Thoresen became the fifth Norwegian to play in the NHL last game. Preceding him was Bjorn Skaare (1978-79), Anders Myrvold (1995-2004), Espen Knutsen (1997-2004) and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (2005-present)... Edmonton has an all-time record of 30-46-9 when visiting the Flames.
"I haven't played a whole season like that, but I've played 20-25 minutes at times. The challenge is to try to play those minutes. It just takes some getting used to."- Oilers defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist, who had a strong debut as an Oiler with a goal and 25:37 of ice-timeUP NEXT:
The Oilers don't play again until Thursday when they return home and face the San Jose Sharks. Game time is 8:00 p.m. and it is available on Molson Canadian Oilers Pay-Per-View.