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The Calgary Flames will try to get back on track against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their Western Conference second round series. Puck drop is 9:40 p.m. ET at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The game will be on ESPN. After losing Game 1, the Oilers have bounced back to win two straight and hold a 2-1 series lead.
At times the Stanley Cup playoffs is about the unsung heroes and at times it’s just simply about the best players playing their best on a bigger stage. Edmonton’s best have just been better than Calgary’s. In Game 2 the Oilers got a hat trick from Evander Kane, his second this postseason, four assists from Leon Draisaitl and three assists from Conor McDavid, who has 14 points (4 G, 10 A) in his past five games and nine points in this series. If Edmonton gets that sort of production from those, guys, Calgary can’t beat them. Plain and simple.
ESPN will host Tuesday’s matchup between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Western Conference second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs with puck drop set at 9:40 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
After charging into the series with nine goals in Game 1, the Flames are on their heels now, with serious goalie questions of their own. Jacob Markstrom was pulled after a four-goal second-period in Game 3, leaving the Flames desperate to regain momentum.
Two completely different teams at times during the regular season, the Oilers are still sending mixed messages, although the situation is positive after a 4-1 victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead. Goalie Mike Smith is back in form and fully motivated for Game 4.
It sure looked like the Flames were making a statement with nine goals in Game 1, although with a little hindsight, it was just the motivator the Oilers needed. Edmonton is back to being the team that found itself after coach Jay Woodcroft’s arrival in February.
Just before Woodcroft came on board, Evander Kane was added, and while character issues were raised, his presence has proven to be vital.
A white sedan trundled down a quiet road in Gasoline Alley, a tiny hamlet alongside Highway 2, with two flags flapping in a Saturday breeze. One fluttered for the Edmonton Oilers hockey club and the other for the Calgary Flames, two of the fiercest rivals in sports, waving from the windows of the same car.
Red Deer is the geographical midpoint between Alberta’s two major cities — Edmonton to the north and Calgary due south — and loyalties can be split “about 52-48 for the Oilers,” as calculated by a server at a local Tim Hortons doughnut shop. For some families — and their cars — it can be more like 50-50.
Carl Dies, a structural engineer who grew up in northern Alberta cheering passionately for the Oilers, was not surprised to hear about the car with divided loyalties as he took a break at a Gasoline Alley indoor climbing facility.
Game 4 of the Battle of Alberta is set to begin at Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 p.m. The Oilers are going to have to hit the ice with killer instincts tonight. They have the flames on the ropes down 2-1. Being on home ice should help because the vibe in Edmonton, right now, is second to none.
Follow along with the action with Postmedia Edmonton Digital Editor Trevor Robb and a team of Postmedia journalists as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames in Game Four of the Battle of Alberta second round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Flames and Oilers’ second-round playoff series has been an absolute barnstormer. A great rivalry in the “Battle of Alberta.” Lots of goals. High stakes. What more could you ask for?
On Sunday evening, with the series shifting to Edmonton (-105), both of these squads were probably on edge. Again: They’re already rivals, and now there’s a spot in the Western Conference Finals on the line? All opposition get out of the way because all bets are indeed off.
With the Oilers holding a commanding 4-0 lead midway through the third period, frustration started to set in for Calgary.
Calgary trailed 4-0 midway through the third period when Lucic barreled into Smith while he played the puck behind Edmonton's net.
The collision was bad enough that NHL concussion spotters forced Smith out of the game to be evaluated. Smith was clearly irate about the decision, arguing fruitlessly with referees to stay in the crease. He did finally exit, replaced by backup Mikko Koskinen.