It’s the second-to-last Battle of Alberta this NHL season as the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

While the Oilers have been eliminated from the playoff race, the Flames believe they still have a chance. Their probabilities were a bit better a couple of weeks ago before they lost six of seven. 

They are just two points out of a playoff spot but the problem is that they have played two more games than the Anaheim Ducks, which is the team they are chasing.

They have a gimme on Saturday night with the Edmonton Oilers on tap and that should allow them to get back on track. 

The Calgary Flames Can Win Because…: 

Calgary FlamesThe Edmonton Oilers are brutal. 

If there is one team you want to face when you are slumping, it’s the Edmonton Oilers. They have been the worst team in the NHL throughout the majority of the season and once again they are in the midst of an extended losing streak. The current stretch has seen the Oilers lose eight straight and they can barely even score these days. 

Edmonton has managed a paltry seven goals in those eight games, scoring more than one goal just once in that span. 

Part of the problem is that they are decimated by injury. Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Gilbert Brule are out. That’s a lot to take off of a team that was short on talented scorers to begin with. 

In their latest outing – a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues – the Oilers managed a season-low 12 shots and didn’t even register a shot in the third period until there was 68 seconds remaining.

They are about the equivalent of an AHL team right now and if Calgary has even a morsel of pride to them, they are going to roll the Oilers in this contest. 

The Edmonton Oilers Can Win Because…: 

The Calgary Flames are slumping just as much right now. 

They have just one win in seven tries and while Edmonton has the excuse of losing in a time when they have nothing on the line, the Flames are supposed to be chasing a playoff spot and they can’t get it together. 

For all of the problems that Edmonton has had scoring, the Flames have had equal problems stopping their opponents from scoring. Calgary has allowed 26 goals in their last seven while permitting three or more in five of those seven games. 

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has lost his way once again as he has just one win in his last six outings while posting a GAA of 3.95 in that span. If there is one goaltender that might get the Oilers out of their scoring funk, it might be Kiprusoff. 

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction: 

There’s no question that Calgary is the NHL odds favorite here, and that they should walk away with the win in this contest but the question is whether the ticket is worth the price tag? 

Calgary has just one win in their last seven and laying juice in the neighborhood of -200 might not be the shrewdest financial decision. 

But in this case, don’t shy away from the moneyline. The Flames need this one badly and the Oilers have simply tapped out. They can’t score, they can’t win and they can’t stay healthy. All signs point to a Flames win in this contest. 

Pick: Flames