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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Flames

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers returned home to face their rivals from Calgary on Saturday night, the result was not what fans had hoped for. The Flames came out hard and took it to the Oilers in the opening 20 minutes of play. Goals by Backlund, Comeau and Stempniak had the Flames ahead 3-0 after the 1st and they never looked back en route to a 6-2 victory.

The Oilers now have two games remaining before the NHL All-Star break. They will welcome the San Jose Sharks to Rexall on Monday before traveling to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Tuesday.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With the score score already 2-0, Flames forward Lee Stempniak would take a drop-pass along the side boards from Jay Bouwmeester and fire it top corner. The goal would come at 18:52 of the period and was the back-breaker for the Oilers in this one.

56 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 23 of 41 draws.
8 Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has now lost 8 straight decisions, keeping him stuck at 11 wins on the year.
6 The Oilers are now 6 points up on Columbus for last place in the NHL.
84 Oilers Anton Lander won an impressive 84% of his draws in a losing effort tonight.

Lee Stempniak
G A P +/- Shots
3 1 4 +5 5

Blake Comeau
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 4 2

Jay Bouwmeester
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 3 2

Miikka Kiprusoff
23 21 2 60:00 .913

Nikolai Khabibulin
16 12 4 39:44 .750

  Jay Bouwmeester- D

23:14 - 3 PTS, +3 rating

  Jeff Petry- D

24:50 - 1 PTS, -1 rating

With little to cheer about is this one, the Oilers Andy Sutton would score the Oilers first goal when he took a pass from Jordan Eberle and fired a slap shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.


The Flames Lee Stempniak would score goals late in each of the first two periods, his 10th and 11th goals of the year. He was effective all night long for Calgary on his way to a hat-trick and four-point night.

The Flames Miikka Kiprusoff was not overly busy in this one but was solid when the Flames needed him. Kiprusoff would stop 21 of the 23 shots he faced on the night, helping the Flames to a very important 6-2 win.

The Calgary Flames have now won eight straight against the OIlers and 17 of the last 18 overall. The last Oilers win came in the opening game of last season, the only Oilers win over the Flames in quite some time.

"It's supposed to be a great rivalry, but we have to live up to our end."

-- Oilers head coach Tom Renney on the Battle of Alberta.

Monday, January 23  vs. San Jose
  7:30pm MST (TSN / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will be back at Rexall Place Monday night when they welcome one of the leagues better teams to town. It will mark the second meeting of the year between Edmonton and San Jose with the Sharks winning the first, 3-2 at home. The game can be seen live on TSN.

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