For the first time in a long while the Flames and Oilers are both battling for a playoff spot after the Christmas break. They are probably even battling for the same playoff spot, and both teams really need to go on a roll if they want to further cement themselves in the playoff picture. Tonight’s game is a 4 point game for these 2 teams and you know both of them will want to get it finished in regulation.
The Flames have pulled themselves back into the playoff race after an absolutely brutal start, mostly on the backs of Johnny Gaudreau, a 10 game home winning streak and a pathetic Pacific division. In general though, the Flames as a whole have just been much better the last month or so.
The Oilers, for the first time in what feels like an eternity, are actually not out of the playoff race yet. They’ve accomplished this much like the Flames have, with a strong home record and being in the right place at the right time, or in this case the right divison.
This will be the 3rd time in 3 years the Flames will face the Oilers in their first game back from the Christmas break. 2 years ago, the Flames lost 2-0. Last year the Flames walked away with a 4-1 victory with Johnny Gaudreau leading the way with 2 goals. Tonight’s game is also the 3rd meeting of the season for these 2 teams, with the 2 teams splitting the first 2 games. Tonight almost has a “War to Settle the Score” feel to it, but that’s not the only thing this game has going for it. Both the Flames and Oilers have been on a bit of a roll lately. The Flames are looking to set a franchise record tonight with their 11th straight home win.
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