Calgary opens its 2021-22 season with a trip to Edmonton. Will the sequence end?

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Calgary Flames (0-0-0) – Edmonton Oilers (1-0-0)

TV: CBC, SNE, SNO, SNP – Radio: Sportsnet 960

Odds: Calgary -105 – Edmonton -115 – O / U: 6.5

The Calgary Flames will try to end a streak of futility on opening night that’s as old as some of our editors here at M&G. The Flames are 2-16-2 in their last 20 opener of the season and haven’t won an opener since 2009. If you count at home, that’s 11 straight L’s. to start a season and it won’t be easy. task this time either.

The Flames open their season against their hated rivals, the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night in Edmonton. The same Oilers team that stuck to the Flames last season winning 6 of 10 games they played against each other and 4 of 5 in Edmonton. So who feels the optimism?

Calgary and Edmonton really haven’t added a ton of star power to their rosters this offseason, so it’s kind of like watching the same teams as last year… in terms of talent. Edmonton added former Flames center Derek Ryan and aging Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. The Flames’ big additions were Blake Coleman (suspended), Erik Gudbranson and Nikita Zadorov. Again, who’s excited ?!

Calgary’s big test will try to slow Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with their new defense without Mark Giordano. McDavid (18) and Draisaitl (14) torched the Flames last season with a combined 32 points in the 10 games played by both teams. If the Flames have any hope of scoring a victory on opening night, they need to hold those two in check. But what awaits beyond these two isn’t a cakewalk either. Jesse Puljujarvi is set to be released this season and he’s been a thorn in the side of the Flames. In his last 15 games, he’s amassed 10 points against the Flames and scored in Edmonton’s opener against Vancouver.

For the Flames, the key will be quality possession, quality shots and staying out of the box. The Flames’ top trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm will need to set the tone for the Flames and give them an early lead. The Calgary defense will need to limit its turnovers and keep an eye out for Edmonton’s top players or the Flames could leave Edmonton with their 12th straight opening night loss.

The puck presentation takes place at 8:00 p.m. MT from Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Face-to-face
Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
0-0-0 Save 1-0-0
N / A Division 1st (Pacific)
0 Points 2
0 GF 2
0 Georgia 2
N / A Best striker McDavid (2)
N / A To safeguard% Blacksmith (.947)
0 PIM Chef (17)
N / A PP 50% (6th)
N / A package 80% (11th)
139-128-19 Globally 128-139-18
Starting goalies (E = Expected, C = Confirmed)
Player Save GAA To safeguard%
Flames: Markstrom (E) 0-0-0 0.00 .1000
Oilers: Smith (C) 1-0-0 1.85 .947
Injury report
Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Pitlick – Knee
(Day by day)
Josh Archibald – Breast
(IR-LT)
Blake Coleman – SUSP
(Outside)
William Lagesson – Undisclosed
(RI)

What is happening with the opposition?

Edmonton Oilers Coverage: Copper and Blue

Last outing

Edmonton Oilers 3 – Vancouver Canucks 2

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