GAME TWELVE VS FLAMES
TALE OF THE TAPE:
Game: Edmonton Oilers (4-7-0) vs Calgary Flames (2-8-1)
Location: Rexall Place, Edmonton
Time: 8:00 PM MT
Where to find it: TV: CBC Radio: 630 CHED
Edmonton Oilers Preview:
Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and gals!
The Oilers are set to take on the struggling Flames who are coming off a rough 6-2 loss at the hands of the upset Montreal Canadiens. Believe it or not, the Oilers have a chance to put a dent into the Flames playoff chances early on; At least, that’s what Craig Button and Jason Gregor talked about yesterday.
To be honest though, I think the Oilers are better than the 4-7 record shows. Since losing the first four in a row, the team has gone 4-3 and they look to be taking strides in the right direction. Recent call-ups Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl have stepped into the lineup and shone early, but let’s remember that we still have seventy games to go in this season. There is a lot of hockey left for these young men to play.
Brandon Davidson stood out to be as one of the bright spots on the team during our win against the Habs two nights ago. He has shown that he has got a very good shot and is able to use his size to his advantage. Like many others on this young Oilers roster, he has lots of work to do. I fully believe that the fear of losing him on waivers is why he is still in Edmonton at this point in time.
Coming out and beating the Flames would be huge for a few reasons. It is a chance for us to put another dent into the Flames season. Oilers fans know that when you are down early in a season, it becomes very difficult to come out of that hole that had been dug.
Not only that, but this game could be another big confidence booster should we come out and play the game the coaches want the team to play. Hopefully ConYak can keep extinguishing the Flames.
Goalie Karri Ramo, recalled Thursday from Stockton of the American Hockey League, will get the start for Calgary, which has lost four in a row (0-3-1) after a 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. The Flames have have one win in their past nine games.The Flames have allowed an NHL-high 46 goals and have scored 22 goals (25th) in 11 games. – nhl.com
Line Combos c/o Daily Faceoff:
Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Rob Klinkhammer
Benoit Pouliot – Connor McDavid – Nail Yakupov
Iiro Pakarinen – Anton Lander – Teddy Purcell
Mark Letestu – Anton Slepyshev
Darnell Nurse – Andrej Sekera
Brandon Davidson – Oscar Klefbom
Andrew Ference – Eric Gryba
Joe Colborne – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
Johnny Gaudreau – Sam Bennett – Michael Frolik
Mason Raymond – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Derek Grant – Matt Stajan – Josh Jooris
Mark Giordano – TJ Brodie
Kris Russell – Dennis Wideman
Deryk Engelland – Dougie Hamilton