It’s the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on Thursday between two teams that need a win.
1. Oilers recent dominance vs. Flames
The Flames haven’t beaten the Oilers since April 2, 2016. This season they are 0-2-0 versus Edmonton, and have been outscored 10-5. In the last six games, the Oilers have produced 30 goals while Calgary’s tallied just 16. The Flames have lost three straight road games and been outscored 11-5.
In the last six games against the Flames, Edmonton is averaging five goals a contest and 32 shots a game. Calgary is 8-2-2 in their last 12 road games against their rival, outscoring Edmonton 41-22.
2. Johnny Gaudreau vs. Connor McDavid
Everyone loves a superstar battle and that’s what hockey fans will get when Gaudreau and McDavid go to battle. Johnny Hockey has collected two goals and 13 assists in his last 10 games against the Oilers. McDavid has 14 points in nine career games versus the Flames (nine goals, five assists), the most points against any team in his career.
They both lead their teams in points this season: Gaudreau’s produced 15 goals and 41 assists while McDavid has tallied 15 goals and 38 helpers.
3. Edmonton’s special team struggles at home
The Edmonton Oilers have the worst home penalty kill percentage (54.2 per cent) in NHL history heading into Thursday’s contest. They’ve allowed 13 power-play goals in the last seven games, killing just 10 of 23 power plays. Their power play is ranked second last in the league, converting just 14 per cent of the time when they have the man-advantage. The Oilers have allowed three power-play goals against in a game four times this season, which is tied for the most in the NHL.
The Flames haven’t found their groove on the PP, going 4-for-30 on the power play in their last nine games. In their last six games on the road, Calgary is three for six on the power play. In their last 10 games, the Flames have killed 31 of 34 penalties.
All stats are via Sportsnet Stats.