The Battle of Alberta is back, as the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames play each other in an exhibition game.
It’s been a long four months without hockey. But with the Stanley Cup Playoffs coming up, teams are getting back on the ice. To help them shake off the rust of a four-month break, teams are having exhibition games. On Tuesday, the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton. Yes, you read that right.
This Battle of Alberta probably won’t be as brutal as it traditionally is, but it will still be hockey and it’s still one of the most heated rivalries in the NHL. Still, one has to imagine there’s a mutual agreement between the two sides. “For once, let’s not try to kill each other”.
Even a toned-down Battle of Alberta is a welcome sight after four months without hockey. Here’s how both teams look as they prepare to do battle.
Much like the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Oilers are finally going to experience what the visiting locker rooms are like in their own arena. It’ll be weird, for sure, but hey, this whole postseason is weird, so maybe it’s fitting.
The Oilers lineup should look like this, according to their official website.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
Tyler Ennis – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
Andreas Athanasiou – Gaetan Haas – Josh Archibald
James Neal – Jujhar Khaira – Alex Chiasson
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
Kris Russell – Matthew Benning
Here’s their lineup, courtesy of Aaron Vickers.
The Flames were a huge disappointment in last year’s postseason and changes could be coming if they don’t have success this year. They’re hoping to see the same Johnny Gaudreau in tonight’s game that had 18 points in his last 18 regular-season games. Expect to see both David Rittich and Cam Talbot get some time in goal.
Date: July 28, 2020
Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV Broadcast: NHL Network, SN
Live Streaming: Reddit NHL streams, NHL.tv (subscription required)
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On one hand, this is merely an exhibition game, so it’s not the real thing. But on the other hand, the real thing is coming up soon and we haven’t seen hockey in four months. So let’s get excited and watch some hockey!