Happy new year, everyone! Battle of Alberta time again. Sounds like the fucking Winter Classic is going to cut into this game. If I understood Elliotte Friedman right, if the Winter Classic is all sorts of awesome, they’ll continue to show that and cut into the Oilers game.
Shawn Belle should play tonight, as he was called up yesterday. Best guess, I think he’ll play with his AHL partner, Jeff Petry. This will leave the other pairings intact.
The Flames currently lead the series with one regulation win, one shootout win, and one loss. I am thinking that the Oilers, as battered as they are, are going to give this one their all. Will it be enough? The Flames are on a 3-game winning streak right now.
I’ll go with the brain/heart prediction on this one. Brain says 5-2 Flames. Heart says 4-2 Oilers.
Hall – Gagner – Eberle
Penner – Cogliano – Hemsky
Jones – O’Marra – Brule
Jacques – Fraser – Stortini
Peckham – Gilbert
Smid – Foster
Belle – Strudwick