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Flames vs Oilers Battle of Alberta: 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs preview, NHL odds, picks

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Jan 22, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) tries to carry the puck around Calgary Flames defensemen Oliver Kylington (58) during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

How To Watch

Game Date Time (ET) Host TV
1 Wednesday, May 18 9:30 p.m. CGY ESPN
2 Friday, May 20 10:30 p.m. CGY ESPN
3 Sunday, May 22 8 p.m. EDM ESPN2
4 Tuesday, May 24 9:30 p.m. EDM ESPN
5* Thursday, May 26 CGY
6* Saturday, May 28 EDM
7* Monday, May 30 CGY

*If necessary

 

Tale of the Tape (regular season stats)

Flames STAT Oilers
50-21-11 (111 points) Record 49-27-6 (104 pts)
3.59 (6th) Goals Per Game 3.52 (8th)
2.54 (3rd) Goals Allowed Per Game 3.10 (18th)
+85 Goal Differential +38
25-9-7 Home, 25-12-4 Away Home/Away Record 28-12-1 Home, 21-15-5 Away
23.08% (10th) Power Play 26.07% (3rd)
82.93% (6th) Penalty Kill 79.20% (17th)
2021-22 Head-To-Head: Regular-season series split 2-2
How they got here: Flames def. Stars in 7 games, Oilers def. Kings in 7 games

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Calgary leaders

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  • Johnny Gaudreau, LW: 2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points in first round vs. DAL
  • Elias Lindholm, C: 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points in first round vs. DAL
  • Jacob Markstrom, G: 4-3, .943 SV%, 1.53 GAA in first round vs. DAL

Edmonton leaders

Oilers Kings McDavid Kopitar
Connor McDavid (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Connor McDavid, C: 4 goals, 10 assists, 14 points in first round vs. LAK
  • Evander Kane, LW: 7 goals, 2 assists, 9 points in first round vs. LAK
  • Leon Draisaitl, C: 5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points in first round vs. LAK

 

Series Odds

  • EDM to win: -190
  • CGY to win: +160

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Series Prediction

Flames win in 7 games (4-3)

  • Before delving into this, it can’t be understated just how lucky we are to get this series. The Battle of Alberta is one of the greatest rivalries in sports let alone hockey and these two teams have a serious disdain for one another.
  • It obviously derives from the fact that these two teams are just two hours apart in the Canadian province, creating the obvious geographical rivalry. But fuel was only added throughout the 80’s and very early 90’s when the Oilers’ powerhouse met the Flames in the playoffs five times.
  • While Edmonton holds the 4-1 advantage, the Flames’ upset victory in the 1986 Smythe Division Finals stunned the Oilers and ultimately withheld them from putting together the greatest dynasty in modern NHL history. Edmonton had won the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985 before winning two more in succession in 1987 and 1988. Had the Flames not beaten them, the Oilers could have very well won five Cups in a row.
  • This is the first time these two teams are meeting in the playoffs since 1991 — a hockey fan’s bucket list item 31 years in the making.
  • Both of these teams had their hands full in the first round, which was a bit of a surprise considering they were both favored to move on pretty quickly.
  • The Oilers had some issues getting past Jonathan Quick, but their stars still got their numbers. Connor McDavid put up 14 points in seven games while Evander Kane scored seven goals and Leon Draisaitl added five of his own. But Edmonton’s depth behind the big three, their defense, and the play of goaltender Mike Smith will forever be the major question mark of this team — and likely what keeps them from advancing.
  • Calgary appears to be the much more well-rounded team. While they have an arsenal of attacking talent of their own headlined by Johnny Gaudreau, Jacob Markstrom continues playing at a Vezina Trophy-winning level while the defense helped hold the Stars to two goals or fewer in five of the seven games.
  • This is as good of an offensive battle as you’re going to get, but it’s going to come down to the blueliners and goaltending. The Flames have the advantage, in my opinion.

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