Oilers beat Flames 4-1

Ryan Jones scored his second goal of the year in Edmonton's 4-1 win over Calgary Monday night...

Ryan Jones scored his second goal of the year in Edmonton's 4-1 win over Calgary Monday night (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun).

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

EDMONTON - An opponent that is slumping, demoralized, stripped of its best parts and has virtually nothing to play for down the stretch can’t be the team that sinks your playoff chances.

 

Yes, we’re talking about you, Calgary.

And you, too, Edmonton.

With back-to-back games against what’s left of the Flames, and another showdown next week, the Oilers know they absolutely have to bury a team with one foot already in the grave.

Three times.

After a 4-1 win Monday night, it’s one down and two to go as the first instalment in this long-running rivalry went pretty much as expected.

The Oilers jumped 3-0 on their first six shots and Calgary never mounted anything even closely resembling a comeback attempt.

It was two teams heading in completely opposite directions.

The Oilers are hitting stride at the right time, with four straight wins and points in nine of their last 11 games moving them as close to the playoffs this late in the season as


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