The pre-season is upon us and there is not a better way to start the exhibition schedule than the good old Battle of Alberta. And this one has a twist to it.
For the first time, in probably forever, the Battle of Alberta will take place in both Calgary and Edmonton at the same time. That’s the beauty of pre-season is that for the Oilers, they are carrying enough players out of training camp to ice two teams.
The start times are different so be sure to take note of that. For now, here are the lineups that the Oilers will feature in both games against the hated Calgary Flames.
Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers
Game time: 8:00 pm
Radio: 630 CHED
Oilers lineup (courtesy of the Oilers Twitter account):
Dubnyk and Roy
Oilers @ Flames
Game time: 7:00 pm
Radio: FAN 960
LaBarbera and Bachman
It is interesting to see Hall, Smyth and Hemsky together again. Reaction on Twitter is both positive and negative with some feeling that it’ll be good to have the veteran presence alongside Hall in his first game at centre.
The combination of Gagner and Eberle could be one to keep an eye on going forward, should the lines continue to juggle. It wouldn’t be surprising to see these two mesh well during the pre-season and it could carry over into the regular season with Nugent-Hopkins out for the first few weeks.
Putting Darnell Nurse with Andrew Ference was a brilliant move. It’ll help settle the youngsters nerves in his first NHL exhibition game and it never hurts to have a player like Ference along side you should things get rough.
The line of Jones, Gordon and Perron is also one worth noting. This could be the Oilers third line in the making and would consist of some grit, character and scoring ability. A nice balance for a team’s third line.