They’ve met 268 times since the WHA folded and the Atlanta Flames moved north. They’ll meet again this Saturday when the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers, starting at 10 PM ET on CBC. Calgary lead the series 130-119-19 overall, but Edmonton have won seven of the last nine games. This will be their first encounter of the 2018-19 campaign.
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The Flames (10-7-1) have the upper hand so far this season, which is their first under new head coach Bill Peters, who spent the last four years behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench. They’re healthy, and their puck possession stats are strong, but Calgary are dead-even on the year with a goal differential of zero. They’re getting better results lately with back-up netminder David Rittich (.935 save percentage) alternating starts with incumbent No. 1 Mike Smith (.877 SV%).
Edmonton (9-8-1) are still trying to make the leap they expected after drafting Connor McDavid first overall in 2015. McDavid remains one of the very best players in the game, but the Oilers have lost four of their last five, with poor results on face-offs and disappointing goaltending from starter Cam Talbot. Back-up Mikko Koskinen handled Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens (+130 away).
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