EDMONTON OILERS AT CALGARY FLAMES
TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., 'DOME, TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960
A 3-2 win over San Jose Wednesday gives the Flames a two-game winning streak. Since the calender flipped to November, they have a 10-1-0 record, with a shot to win 11 games in a month for only the second time in franchise history.
The Oilers come to town on the heels of a 4-3 win over Minnesota, with Ethan Moreau the hero by netting the winner. It's their second straight win and runs them to 4-1 in the last five.
It's the third clash of the season in the never-ending Battle of Alberta, with Calgary victorious in the first two -- both of which took place in the Saddledome. In their last nine meetings against their biggest rivals, the Flames have a 7-0-1-1 mark. Since Darryl Sutter took the helm in Calgary, his team has posted an impressive 9-1-1-1 record against the Oilers.
FLAMES -- Tony Amonte has three goals in his last six games -- plus the uncounted shootout winner -- and an eight-game spell in which he has eight points (3-5-8).
OILERS -- In a five-game stretch, Ales Hemsky has three goals and five helpers.
FLAMES -- Both Stephane Yelle (23 games) and Shean Donovan (21 games) collected an assist last game but have extensive goal droughts to snap.
OILERS -- Michael Peca has gone 13 games without a goal, has only one in 20 outings and spent most of third period riding the pine in Minnesota. He skated on the fourth line in yesterday's practice.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16% (24-150, 22nd); Edmonton 17.4% (26-149, 20th).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.1% (24th); Edmonton 81% (21st).
FLAMES -- C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) is still out.
OILERS -- G Ty Conklin (groin) remains on IR. As well, his wife gave birth to their first child Wednesday.
Calgary forward Chuck Kobasew didn't practice yesterday due to bumps and bruises but assistant coach Jim Playfair said he expects the club's No.-2 goal scorer to suit up tonight. D Steve Montador also didn't skate, with the flu being named the culprit ... Tony Amonte's quest for 400 career goals is down to two ... Edmonton has won four of five games that went into overtime or beyond, claiming two of those in shootouts.