EDMONTON OILERS AT CALGARY FLAMES
TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960
A disappointing 2-0 loss to Phoenix on Monday took away what little wind the Flames had in their sails. Calgary has only two victories in the first seven outings.
Edmonton opened on a tear, winning three straight, but returns to Calgary with a 3-3-1 mark, having lost Tuesday in OT to the Coyotes.
Calgary took Round 1 of the Battle of Alberta 3-0 last Saturday, with Miikka Kiprusoff collecting the shutout and Daymond Langkow, Jarome Iginla and Rhett Warrener all scoring.
The Flames have only lost to Edmonton once in regulation over the last 11 meetings, going 8-1-1-1 in that spell. Calgary is 3-0-1 in the last four matches at the Saddledome.
* FLAMES -- After a horrible start to the season, G Miikka Kiprusoff has surrendered four goals in the last three outings.
* OILERS -- C Marty Reasoner is coming off a one-goal, one-assist performance, among them his 100th career point.
* FLAMES -- Not only is LW Chris Simon pitching zeros across the board, he's a minus-4.
* OILERS -- RW Ales Hemsky has no points in the last four games.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 6.67% (3-45, 30th); Edmonton 14.8% (7-47-19th).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 68.1% (30th); Edmonton 81.2% (20th).
* FLAMES -- D Robyn Regehr (knee), C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain).
* OILERS -- LW Ryan Smyth (knee), C Shawn Horcoff (shoulder), LW Todd Harvey (ankle) are out.
Just before Rhett Warrener scored on the empty net late in Calgary's 3-0 win, Oilers LW Raffi Torres took a puck in the mouth and lost a tooth ... Calgary isn't the only team struggling on the powerplay. The Oilers come in on a 1-for-25 run ... Flames C Daymond Langkow has both Flames game-winners.
"More is better. Teams like it, the players like it, fans like it so why not?"
-- Darryl Sutter on meeting Edmonton twice in four days