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I was hoping the Oilers would have beat the Sens last night, at least they wouldn't have the motivation of being beaten at home by one of the worst teams in the league to go on as they visit Calgary. They have beaten Calgary twice and you'd assume the Flames are looking for payback for the two losses suffered at the hands of their provincial rivals. The Oilers are looking for the respect of their fans after coming out flat against the Sens (not looking to pick a fight, my Oilier friends basically feel that way).

All of this adds up to one thing. A great game. I'm so excited to watch the hockey tonight that I feel like a kid, these two teams through pure dislike always have exciting games and both step up their game for each other. As always the money is flying around as people bet with each other on their respective teams but it's not the money it's the gloating you get to do when it's over. A loss to a provincial rival in Alberta and the Flames not only lose but all of their fans get the salt rubbed in from Oiler fans and vice versa...and it's great!

Brule is a call up for the Oilers, not Shremp, i am starting to question this but as much as I dislike MacT he's the pro coach and I assume he knows what he needs. My Oiler fan friends are not very happy about it though as two guys on their farm they feel are better. Hemsky is not playing either due to a nose injury apparently and that is kind of disappointing, I even enjoy watching him play. Glencross might return tonight as well but you have to wonder if Sutter is playing well enough to allow him an extra couple days. Sutter has been a nice surprise and a lot of bloggers told me on here that I should have known more about him and they were right.

So in the spirit of this evening have a happy and safe New Years Eve...even if you're an Oiler fan and your team just lost. Hey I'm a Flames blogger I don't make apologies for picking them!
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December 31, 2008 2:37 PM ET | Delete
Should be a great game.Hopefully regher makes someone other than Hemsky his (insert derogatory term here :)).A win tonight, and the flames will have a double digit lead in the standings.Weren't the oiler coaches/management/fans/media telling us that the oilers are SO improved and will be a shoe-in for divisional champs. hahaha... wake up and smell 9th place :)
December 31, 2008 2:54 PM ET | Delete
Have to agree with you (on all except the Oilers losing part) my fine flaming friend. I'm giving up a free Prime Rib Dinner on New Years Eve to stay home and watch what I hope will be a great entertaining game. Also to watch the World Juniors prior to that. Now that is what I call a good evening of entertainment. Normally I would be questioning the decision to call up Brule instead of Schremp (because I really hope Schremp makes it here) but Brule is much tougher and hits and I think for tonight's game that will be more useful to us against the Flames. Either way, Happy New Year everyone and let's hope it lives up to the standards of the Battle Of Alberta that we have come to know and love.
December 31, 2008 3:06 PM ET | Delete
Going to the game tonight, so hopefully it's a good tilt...with the Flames coming out on top! May miss a bunch of the WJC game though, which kinda sucks. The Flames have to make it worth my while!!
December 31, 2008 6:26 PM ET | Delete
I actually get to go to the game tonight... I have never seen a Flames Oilers game at the Dome but funny saw a Flames Oilers game at Rexal??? Should be fun... There has always been a question with Schremp and MacT. I know I heard a lot of talk pre-season about that. Sane is right though, he is a pro coach and I simply coach my sons Novice team so he must know better right? We'll see... Assuming Rollie will pay?Anyhow happy New Year, I'll be in section 105, I'm the one with the Flames Jersey on... Go Flames Go!
January 1, 2009 2:15 AM ET | Delete
The PositiveCammy and Iginla both exploded with five points tonight. Cammy might have had his est game in a Flames jersey. The powerplay was terrific tonight, putting in two goals. It was nice to see them connect tonight as they have struggled this season.The NegativeTonight they gave up too much to an explosive Edmonton team who could have easily made it closer, if it were not for Kipper. The Flames again were too loosey goosey in front of Kipper. The Defense again were caught off guard by the Oil's speed. But in fairness, the Flames have been much better in front of Kipper. Bottom line, they picked up another two points.
January 1, 2009 12:35 PM ET | Delete
double digit lead over the mighty oilers, woot woot.5 point cushion on the NW with a game in hand!Let's keep it going!
January 1, 2009 7:50 PM ET | Delete
Yes the champagne was sweeter than normal and not to mention the Junior team coming back from a 3-0 usa lead!
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