It’s been 371 days since the Oilers and Flames last fought in an official NHL game (they have an exhibit in the summer bubble), but despite being more than a year away, goes No love lost between these two clubs

What does his opponent from the flames think, Matthew Tkachuk? “I think the hatred is definitely there”

Last year’s four-game set (the Flames won three) had it all: a war of words, questionable hits, stick flips, a fight between two players who don’t usually drop their gloves – and that doesn’t include the junk between the goalkeepers

Speaking of goalkeepers, the two who met in the middle of the ice – Mike Smith of the Oilers (injured) and Cam Talbot of Flames (signed with the Wild) – won’t fit on Saturday, Jacob will instead Markstrom, who revealed he has a fight on his card from his time as a minor with Utica – for the Flames and Mikko Koskinen between the pipes for Edmonton Can the Finn throw haymaker like Smith? “Who knows? We haven’t seen Mikko yet,” Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said with a laugh

While the teams are filled with players who previously battled for provincial bragging rights, the only big difference this year won’t be on the ice – no fans

“It’s a shame not to have fans, especially for these games,” said Tkachuk, expressing a feeling that is repeated across the league: “The hustle and bustle in the city and on the rink will now be electric”

Players on both sides have also acknowledged that the lack of atmosphere inside buildings has the greatest effect before the puck is dropped and maybe a few layers into it

“It definitely changes the atmosphere a bit, just from an energetic standpoint, feeding the fans and the excitement in the building, but I mean, that hatred is still there,” said Kyle Turris, Oilers and Battle of striker Alberta “It’s something that kindles the energy, the intensity and the physicality by itself so that will still be there”

And while it is expected that hoopla and intensity will still be high on Saturday night at the Saddledome, there are also two key points on the line Calgary sat in sixth place in the North Division on Saturday; Edmonton was three points ahead of fourth place

“I think no matter who we played against tomorrow, it’s a big game for us after losing the last two at Winnipeg,” said Chris Tanev of the Flames, another player who made his debut in which rivalry will exist said Friday “Obviously it’s going to be a bigger game maybe because it’s Edmonton and with the emotions [but] in this shortened season we had to win as many games as possible”

The Flames will have to do without Derek Ryan, who broke his finger in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Jets. Edmonton will again have to do without defender Ethan Bear, who has not played since January 30 after playing on the Bank was hit by a puck. He was placed in the injured reserve with Jan retrospectively on Saturday 31

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11:43 pm – Dillon Dube snaps a shot and after the whistle there are more courtesies, especially between Tkachuk and Lagesson, things are starting to get lively

11:29 pm – You wouldn’t score, but Tkachuk looked good twice, including a one-timer from the right circle

11:28 pm – After some 4v4 action, the Flames get their first powerplay of the game for about 58 seconds

11:26 pm – Connor McDavid flies in – because of course – and gets around Mark Giordano, but pulls out Markstrom when he falls (from Chris Tanev’s stick) McDavid is called in to interfere

11:25 pm – Joakim Nordstrom is called after another minor and the Oilers go to the power game Edmonton is 1 for 3 for the game

11:22 pm – Elias Lindholm breaks in and decodes but can’t bury it The puck is loose but the whistle sounds as the referee loses his sight Matthew Tkachuk shoots the puck after the whistle and Darnell Nurse has something to do with it to say

11:21 pm – Sam Bennett is in pain on the bench after taking a shot off his foot but tells the coach he’s fine

11:18 pm – While whistling, the teams say hello in front of the Oilers network

11:14 pm – TOR Flames gets a 2-on-1 and while Koskinen gets the first stop, Mikael Backlund follows his shot and pops in the loose puck flames lead 3-2

11:10 pm – GOAL The flames look a little better to start the second and Milan Lucic ties them up as he brings the puck forward and Koskinen beats the game 2-2

10:48 pm – The first period is coming to an end Depending on which team you’re looking forward to, there are some fun or less fun facts:

10:45 pm – PP-ZIEL The flames forget Connor McDavid, who takes the point-to-point pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Markstrom hits nothing the Netminder – who was very good in this case – there could do oilers lead 2-1

10:44 pm – Oilers now 0 for 2, but another power game when Joakim Nordstrom cuts off Mikko Koskinen while cutting the crease

10:38 pm – Flame captain Mark Giordano sends you over the glass The Oilers’ strong power play gets another chance Edmonton is so far 0 for 1

10:35 pm – Another strong parade by Markstrom when the Oilers point shot is distracted and he has to stretch to reach the stop

10:32 pm – Solid stop from Jacob Markstrom when Connor McDavid drops the puck on a flank with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who takes a good shot

10:29 pm – In the middle of the first period, the Oilers have six shots at the Calgary Flames which is 1 for 1

10:27 pm – Sportsnet shows a replay of McDavid taking an uncomfortable hit on the boards, slowly getting up and checking his left knee.He’s out there again, but that needs monitoring

10:26 pm – The Oilers put their lines in a blender for this one and get some chances – the last one from Kyle Turris

10:20 pm – GOAL Jujhar Khaira beats Juuso Valimaki and can deflect the shot past Jacob Markstrom. Game draw 1-1

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10:15 pm – Matthew Tkachuk is called in for roughing Oilers – eighth in the NHL – get the first power play of the night

10:12 pm – Fun fact: Flames started on Saturday after scoring first goal in just four out of ten games

10:11 pm – GOAL It’s hard to tell whether Dillon Dube dropped the puck or simply lost control, but either way Elias Lindholm picked it up and hit it from the top right circle of flames leading 1 just 56 seconds into the game : 0

10:10 pm – Puck dropped The First Battle of Alberta is a go and on the first shift – after the face-off – Sam Bennett chugs into the offensive zone and throws a large check behind the Oilers network

9:45 pm- Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch (the coach’s decision) for Thursday’s Flames game. He’s in this case

#LetsGoOilers McDavid & Draisaitl has a total of 46 points this season
That’s 4 points less than the entire Islanders squad in 9 games (50)

#Flames roster update: Zac Rinaldo and Connor Mackey were added to the roster by the taxi squad In addition, Derek Ryan was played in the reserve for long-term injuries

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