Preview: Edmonton at Calgary

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Matchup Edge
EDM Edge in: CAL
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Calgary Flames attempt to bounce back from their first shutout loss when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night in this season's fourth installment of the Battle of Alberta. The Flames have dominated their provincial rivals, winning the previous three meetings by a combined 13-6 to extend their winning streak in the series to five games. Calgary is clinging to a one-point lead over Los Angeles for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Flames had won five of six before they were blanked by visiting Minnesota 1-0 on Thursday night. The Oilers, who have a Western Conference-low 35 points, have won three of their last four following a 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Thursday in a matchup of the league's two worst teams. Edmonton, which had lost 14 straight on the road before back-to-back wins at Florida and Washington entering the All-Star break, will play eight of its next nine away from home.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, CBC, TVA

ABOUT THE OILERS (13-27-9): Anton Landon broke a goal drought of more than two years by scoring one and collecting a pair of assists in Thursday's game. Landon's three-point game surpassed his total from the previous two seasons combined and his goal was his first since Jan. 17, 2012. "He was exceptional, by far the best player on the ice," Edmonton coach Todd Nelson said of the former second-round draft pick. "I've been working with him every year since he came over from Europe, so I think that helps. He's really improved his game."

ABOUT THE FLAMES (26-20-3): Calgary center Paul Byron had a hot streak in mid-November, scoring four goals in a four-game span, but he has been in a deep freeze since. Byron is mired in a 28-game goalless drought and wasted a glittering chance to tie Thursday's game when he was stopped on a breakaway late in the third period. "This has never happened to me in my life before," Byron said. "Normally, I used to be pretty good on breakaways. Eventually, one of them is going to go in. I know one is going to go in."


1. Flames G Jonas Hiller is 15-4-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average versus Edmonton.

2. Oilers LW Taylor Hall (leg) is day-to-day while D Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) is expected to be sidelined for "quite some time."

3. Both teams are struggling on the power play: Calgary is 2-for-31 in January and Edmonton is 1-for-16 in the past four games.

PREDICTION: Flames 4, Oilers 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Edmonton 13-27-6-3 W1 9-15-1-1 4-12-5-2 0-1-0-1 13-26-6-2 2-14-2-1
Calgary 26-20-2-1 L1 12-10-1-1 14-10-1-0 1-0-0-0 25-20-2-1 14-4-1-0

Last Meeting

Edmonton Calgary
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/31/14 EDM 3 CAL 4 20 24 1-3 28 17 1-5

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
EDM L. Draisaitl 2
CAL J. Colborne 2
Goals Player  
EDM J. Eberle 1
CAL J. Colborne 2
Assists Player  
EDM L. Draisaitl 2
CAL C. Glencross 2
Saves Player  
EDM B. Scrivens 24
CAL J. Hiller 17
Total Points Player  
EDM J. Eberle 29
CAL M. Giordano 41
Goals Player  
EDM J. Eberle 12
CAL J. Gaudreau 15
Assists Player  
EDM T. Hall 18
CAL M. Giordano 30
Saves Player  
EDM B. Scrivens 858
CAL J. Hiller 758

Quickchart Matchup

Edmonton Off vs  Calgary Def
2.24 GF
2.57 GA
27.8 Shots
28 Shots
20 PP
27 PK
Calgary Off vs  Edmonton Def
2.8 GF
3.24 GA
27.2 Shots
29.4 Shots
27 PP
28 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -220 197
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -225 190
Sportsbook -225
5.5 -200 170
Top Bet -200 170
5.5 -190 171
BetDSI -205 175
5.5 OFF OFF OFF -206 165
5.5 OFF OFF OFF -205 175
Vegas Odds
Westgate -190 175
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Edmonton Overall Calgary
13-27-6-3 W/L 26-20-2-1
28-21 ATS 31-18
23-23 O/U 21-27
2.24 Goals For 2.80
3.24 Goals Agnst 2.57
Edmonton A/H Calgary
4-12-5-2 W/L 12-10-1-1
15-8 ATS 13-11
10-11 O/U 12-12
2.13 Goals For 2.88
3.39 Goals Agnst 2.58