Flames earn points in 8 straight games as they defeat the Wilds 2-1 on home ice. In this low scoring game, both Daymond Langkow and Eric Nystrom were the ice breakers for their team. Subsequently, the Flames conclude the month of December with a final game on home ice as they battle their Albertan counterparts, the Edmonton Oilers on December 31st.
The Oilers had won two back to back games on October 17th and 18th, but have a record of 11-9-0 when playing on the road. Although they have a marginally high power play percentage than the Flames (18.87: 17.96%), their penalty killing statistics rates 74.83% compared to the Flamesâ€™ 84.97%. Within the same context, though the Flames have been struggling on man advantage of late, they have concurrently exhibited a lot of offensive power (out shooting the Wilds 29-24). Interestingly, they even managed to score a short handed goal against them on Monday night. In sum, they have become a better team offensively and defensively; hence on a closing note, should the Flames win, the Battle of Alberta will be split at two games a piece.
Sportsnet (SNET-W) will televise this game on New Yearâ€™s Eve at 8:00 pm. An exclusive play by play summary will be hosted by Peter Maher and Mike Rogers on Calgary Flames Radio, The Fan 960.