Mar 29, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) warms up before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Columbus Blue Jackets won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers Shoot For Eighth Place In The West Tonight Versus Calgary

Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames

03 APR 2013 – 8:00 PM MST

Television – Sportsnet West

Lines

F

Taylor Hall / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi / Sam Gagner / Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones / Shawn Horcoff / Nail Yakupov

Lennart Petrell / Ryan Smyth / Mike Brown

D

Nick Schultz / Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid / Jeff Petry

Ryan Whitney / Corey Potter

G

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

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  • Third of four meetings between these two in 2013.  Oilers can leap into the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a victory tonight.  I had to triple-check that to make sure I wasn’t high on quaaludes or something.  Winners of their last four, Edmonton will look to make it five in a row with a victory over the Calgary Flames at the Dome.  Calgary has lost their last two in a row including a 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Monday.  Flames are 4-6 in their last ten.
  • Oilers Roster look familiar?  It should.  It’s the same one before deadline day.  At least they kept Paajarvi.  I don’t say that lightly.   Newly acquired Oiler Jerred Smithson will not be in the lineup tonight.
  • KEYS TO THE GAME:  More than 20 shots plz.  Edmonton scored four in twenty shots, and while they did chase Miikka Kiprusoff from the net, you’re not going to continue a streak on 20 shots for very long.  Oilers were outshot 17-3 in the third period last game, that’s a trend that can’t continue.
  • Look for Devan Dubnyk (11-10-6 / 2.52 / .922%) to carry the load tonight in goal, for Calgary you can expect to see Joey MacDonald (4-6-1, 2.79 / .898%)

 

Get out there and win one more game. It’ll give me and 500,000 other people something to be excited about.

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