Edmonton Oilers: Tyson Barrie discusses the Battle of Alberta

Edmonton Oilers, Tyson Barrie #22 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers, Tyson Barrie #22 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

As the Edmonton Oilers ride a three-game winning streak into the weekend, they got to enjoy a well-deserved break from regular-season action. The Oilers got to enjoy three days off this week and hockey fans couldn’t ask for a better game to return back from on Saturday. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again.

The first hockey game of the infamous Battle of Alberta this season begins on Saturday against the Calgary Flames. As we all know from 2020, the last time these two teams faced off, it was quite the battle indeed. Fights were happening everywhere, emotions were high, and even the opposing goalies at the time duked it out because of these bragging rights.

It should be one incredible hockey game as the Oilers are looking to make it four straight wins with hopes of continuing to climb up in the North Division. Of course, it won’t be easy, but all eyes will be on if the Oilers can keep their emotions in check and get the job done on the road.

Tyson Barrie knows the task at hand for the Edmonton Oilers

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Even defenseman Tyson Barrie knows that this game will undoubtedly bring back a lot of memories from their last game played against each other. It’s important in the grand scheme of things to remember the task at hand for the Oilers.

It’s all about now taking this three-game winning streak, riding that momentum, and getting the job done on the road. Barrie knows that what happened in the past will still be fresh on everyone’s minds but it’s all about focusing and winning on Saturday’s game.

In an article written by Paul Gazzola of NHL.com, here is what Barrie said about what awaits in their matchup against the Flames:

"“It’s old-time hockey,” he said. “You don’t want to see your ‘tendy squaring up at centre every game but if it has to happen, it’s got to happen. It went down last year and we’ll see what carries over into this year. If there’s a little extra chippy-ness or whatever, that’s fun to watch and be a part of,” Barrie said. “The important thing is to beat them and move up in the standings.”"

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The Battle of Alberta will be fun to watch as one can’t ask for a better way to enjoy the weekend. Hopefully, the Oilers take care of business and avoid having another clash as they did the last time. It’s all about keeping it real, playing with precision, and proving who indeed is the better team in Alberta.