- Edmonton is listed as a -120 home favorite against Calgary on Wednesday
- The Flames will be playing the second half of a back-to-back
- Read below for our preview and betting advice
The Oilers are being listed as -120 home favorites against the Flames in the latest Battle of Alberta on Wednesday, January 29, at 10:00 pm EST. Edmonton trails Calgary by one point in the Pacific Division standings with two games in hand.
The Flames won the first two meetings this season by a combined score of 9-4 , but the Oilers will be well-rested this time around and are eager for revenge.
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Oilers vs Flames Odds
|Calgary Flames||+1.5 (-230)||EVEN||O 6.0 (-115)|
|Edmonton Oilers||-1.5 (+190)||-120||U 6.0 (-105)|
Odds taken Jan. 28
The Oilers have had plenty of rest as they get prepared for the latest Battle of Alberta. Edmonton’s last game was 10 days ago when they dominated the Coyotes in a 7-3 victory. Superstars Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have also had three days rest since taking to the ice for the NHL All-Star game on Saturday.
Both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid deliver a statement to their teammates by showing up a practice the day after All-Star game. That's real leadership. Don't have to say a word leading into key three games Calgary, St. Louis and Calgary Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
— Terry Jones (@byterryjones) January 26, 2020
Prior to the All-Star break, the Oilers had won five of their last six games. They have also won four of their last five games at Rogers Place and will hold home-ice advantage on Wednesday. A big reason they’ve been having success is their offense. The Oilers have exploded to score four or more goals in all but one of their last six games.
Kassian Out for Revenge
Rogers Place should be rocking for this game after what happened when these two teams played last. The Flames won 4-3 in Calgary on January 11, but the bigger story was about Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian. Tkachuk threw two questionable hits on Kassian, so the Oilers forward responded by ragdolling and laying a beating on Tkachuk.
Kassian earned a two-game suspension for his actions and his first game back will be Wednesday. George Parros, the NHL Director of Player Safety, has stated that he will be in attendance for the latest Battle of Alberta to ensure the game doesn’t get out of hand.
Kassian is likely to channel his anger onto the scoresheet. He told reporters that he feels like he’s already delivered his message to Tkachuk and the best revenge he can get is by getting two points. Expect a very motivated Kassian to spark the Oilers in this game.
Flames Back-to-Back Struggles
The Flames will travel to Edmonton after losing to the Blues in Calgary on Tuesday night. Geoff Ward’s team has performed poorly on the second half of back-to-backs this season. They are 2-4-0 when playing on zero days rest and have managed just 10 goals in those contests.
The Flames went with goaltender Cam Talbot against St. Louis on Tuesday, so it will be David Rittich getting the nod against Edmonton on Wednesday. “Big Save Dave” has had some rough outings of late, allowing four goals in three of his last five starts. Oilers’ netminder Mike Smith has been the better goalie of late, winning five straight and allowing only 12 goals in those games.
There’s plenty of hype for this game in terms of physicality, but Zack Kassian has stated that he wants to get his revenge by winning.
The Oilers’ high powered offense is clicking on all cylinders right now and the Flames have given up nine goals in consecutive losses.
With Edmonton being well-rested and motivated to get their first win against Calgary this season, the Oilers’ moneyline is the play.
Pick: Oilers Moneyline (-120)
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