NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 1st
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (22-30-7) at Edmonton Oilers (20-34-7), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Neither the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers looked
sharp offensively in their first game following the Olympic break.
The two clubs look to rebound from respective shutout losses on Saturday night
in a meeting at Rexall Place.
Both the Flames and Oilers returned to action on Thursday and neither was able
to score a goal. Calgary was bested 2-0 by the Los Angeles Kings, while
Edmonton was blanked 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild.
The Flames and Oilers are tied for the league lead with eight shutout losses
each on the season.
Calgary coach Bob Hartley liked his team's effort on Thursday despite failing
to get any of their 25 shots by Jonathan Quick in losing for the third time in
"We had great jump and generated some good offense in the first period," said
Hartley. "We did everything right except scoring goals tonight."
Joni Ortio made his NHL debut and yielded a goal just three minutes in, but
settled down to total 22 saves.
Reto Berra, a member of Team Switzerland in the recent Olympics, will start
tonight for the Flames and is 1-2-0 with a 1.66 goals against average versus
Defenseman Chris Butler is unlikely to play after suffering an injury versus
the Kings. Derek Smith may replace him in the lineup and it would be his first
game with Calgary since Jan. 7.
Edmonton, meanwhile, went into Thursday's game versus Minnesota 5-1-1 in its
previous seven games, but saw Darcy Kuemper post a 21-save shutout.
Ben Scrivens stopped 18-of-21 shots for the Oilers, who started a five-game
homestand on Thursday.
"A lot of rust on our part," said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. "We've got to be
better. They had the same (Olympic) break as we did, and we did not play
Edmonton lost forward Nail Yakupov in the third period after taking a shot by
a teammate off his ankle. It is unknown if he will be able to suit up tonight
and he was replaced on the Oilers' top line in practice on Friday by Ales
The Oilers will start Ilya Bryzgalov and he is 10-7-1 with a 2.69 GAA in his
career versus the Flames.
The Oilers are 2-0-1 versus the Flames this season and have won six of the
last nine meetings overall. However, Calgary has claimed two straight and nine
of its past 12 in Edmonton.
03/01 10:39:57 ET