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FEATURE: Alberta animosity

"There's more than a handful of guys that we dislike over there, and I'm pretty sure they say the same thing about our guys," Milan Lucic said.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB ­­- With the spoils shared at the midway point in this season's Battle of Alberta, the scouting report is out on both the Oilers and Calgary Flames.

Tensions are reaching critical levels.

The Flames used a third-period surge to sink the Oilers in their first duel of the season at the Scotiabank Saddledome back in November before the Blue and Orange earned revenge in a 1-0 blanking at Rogers Place on December 7.

The results may be set in stone, but animosities linger ahead of Saturday's tilt between the Alberta adversaries.

"We can't play their game and they can't play our game," Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, citing the season split, said Friday. "If we play our game we're going to win, and if we play their game they're going to win. We have a certain way we play and it's very effective - we showed that in the 1-0 game - and they showed their flair in the game they beat us in Calgary."

Video: RAW | Ken Hitchcock 01.18.19

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BLOG: News, videos from Friday's practice

The Oilers practiced at the Downtown Community Arena before back-to-back home games against the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes this weekend

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers practiced at the Downtown Community Arena on Friday ahead of hosting the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes for back-to-back games this weekend, beginning Saturday with the Battle of Alberta.

Video: PRACTICE | Wind in their Sails

Lines at Friday's practice appeared as follows:

Forwards

Draisaitl - McDavid - Chiasson

Khaira - Nugent-Hopkins - Yamamoto

Rieder - Brodziak - Puljujarvi

Kassian - Cave - Lucic

Defence

Nurse - Russell

Jones - Larsson

Manning - Benning

Goalies

Talbot

Koskinen

Spooner, Rattie, Gravel and Petrovic were the extra skaters.

Stay tuned for content throughout the day.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Semenko punches above his weight

EdmontonOilers.com examines the time the late Dave Semenko traded his hockey gloves for boxing gloves for three rounds in the ring against Muhammad Ali in June of 1983.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Dave Semenko played the role of enforcer for the Oilers for parts of 10 seasons from 1977-87, tasked regularly with the protection of 'The Great One' on the ice.

But a bout with 'The Greatest' would be one of the hardest assignments of his career.

On June 12, 1983, Semenko traded his hockey gloves for boxing gloves for a three-round exhibition with former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in front of an Edmonton crowd of 6,000 strong at the Northlands Coliseum.

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FUTURE WATCH: Minors Momentum

There's been plenty of movement around the AHL, ECHL and CHL for Oilers prospects with schedules becoming congested in January

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Across the many leagues and teams where Oilers prospects are taking their reps, it's getting to the congested period of their 2018-19 seasons.

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GAME STORY: Oilers 7, Sabres 2

The Oilers score three goals in 1:55 to open the game, with Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian recording two goals each as the Oilers routed the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 on Monday night.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - We hope you arrived on time for this one.

The Oilers scored three goals in a span of 1:55 inside the first five minutes of the first period before coasting to a commanding 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Place on Monday, closing out a three-game home stand with an emphatic victory.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs BUF 01.14.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Sabres

The Oilers finish off a three-game homestand with a visit from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers conclude a three-game home stand against the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Place on Monday night.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West in the Edmonton region, or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Read the Preview below and check back for line combinations, updates, videos and more in the Morning Skate Report.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs BUF 01.14.19

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IN DEPTH: Kolossal

Mikko Koskinen maintains a strong sense of resolve that he uses to block out white noise every time he steps onto the ice for another 60 minutes in the blue paint.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

Two summers ago from his home in Helsinki, Mikko Koskinen decided that the upcoming season for SKA St. Petersburg would be his last in Russia, and that the mountain of the Kontinental Hockey League had been conquered.

He'd come to similar conclusions multiple times before during his career, like he did joining the New York Islanders for his first North American stint in 2009 as a drafted rookie, returning three years later to Europe to dominate the crease in his native Finland and the KHL, or when given the chance on more than one occasion to represent his country on the international stage.

The next big step needed to be taken.

Four years between the pipes for the renowned Russian hockey club provided the Finnish giant the platform needed for him to establish himself as one of the KHL's elite goaltenders and win two Gagarin Cups, which he holds up to this day as his greatest hockey achievements.

But an abundance of ambition, and a lack of time, was pushing him back to close the book on the one chapter of his career he hadn't fully been able to finish - the National Hockey League.

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GAME STORY: Coyotes 3, Oilers 2

The Oilers get goals from Connor McDavid and Kris Russell in a losing effort as the Arizona Coyotes leave Rogers Place on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Conor Garland scored twice without his stick, and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves as the Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs ARI 01.12.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Coyotes

The Oilers host the Coyotes on Saturday night in the second game of a three-game home stand

by Jamie Umbach and Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers continue a three-game home stand when the Arizona Coyotes visit Rogers Place on Saturday night.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada, or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Read the Preview below and check back for line combinations, updates, videos and more in the Morning Skate Report.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs. ARI 01.12.19

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: No lack in numbers

EdmontonOilers.com looks at the different rarities, common sights and unique facts behind the variety in digits worn by Oilers players over the club's 40-year history

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays

EDMONTON, AB - What's in a number?

You'd have to ask the Oilers players who've made up the 654 different number combinations in franchise history on what led them to go with their choice.

If it's not the name on the back or the crest on the front, numbers are a big identifier for fans and players alike. 97 has become synonymous with Connor McDavid, and 34 always comes to mind when thinking of another Oilers favourite like Fernando Pisani.

It could've been their birth year like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' 93, a special familial connection to 45 for Joe Gambardella, or just the one they were assigned when they were younger like Mikko Koskinen's unorthodox number 19 as a goalie, but numbers can say a lot about a player and the style of hockey they play.

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