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Bits And Pieces - Oilers @ Flames Preview

Remember last week when the Flames visited Edmonton?  Remember how much fun that was?  Remember Jordan Eberle?  Steve MacIntyre?  Goals?  Hits?  Shutouts?  Bikinis?

Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers will try to recreate that atmosphere in Calgary at the Saddledome.

Show me what’s behind door number 2.

Looking for the split

Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames – Game 4

16 OCT 2010 – 08:00 MST / 10 EST

Lineups :  will be available later this afteroon

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What to look for:

Oiler Defenceman Jim Vandermeer. Photo courtesy

  • Edmonton needs to focus on irritating the Calgary defence early and often this game.  Speed was a dynamite killer for the Oilers at their season opener, they’ll look to exploit mismatches on the Calgary D.
  • The season is still young, but this year’s version of the Calgary Flames are averaging  just one goal a game.  Out of three games, Calgary scored three goals in one of them, having been shutout on the other two occasions.  The Flames will likely let it all hang out on Saturday Night for the Battle Of Alberta.
  • It’s a likely bet that the Oilers will take a penalty at one time or another during this game.  The penalty kill is the number one item on the docket that needs improvement over last game.  Oh sure, there’s that goal scoring thing, but those are more likely to come if you’re not constantly trundling in your own end.  The penalty kill must show improvement tonight for the Oilers to have a chance.
  • Stortini or MacIntyre?  I need not remind you of the altercation that took place between Oiler tough guy Steve MacIntyre and Raitis Ivanans last week.  I am pleased with Stortini’s role on this team as a 4RW, but I wouldn’t be too awful surprised to see MacIntyre back in tonight’s lineup for an encore presentation.
  • I almost made it through this post without saying the word “Goaltending”.
  • Legendary Oilers play-by-play man Rod Phillips will be calling his last ever Battle of Alberta matchup tonight.  This will be Phillips’ first of only ten games called this season, but his last ever Battle of Alberta.  Go get ‘em, Rod.

The team needs a bounce-back performance tonight after their performance in Minnesota.  Split the series, go home and prepare for Thursday’s game against Minnesota at Rexall.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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