Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers by 20Legend
Both teams faced each other in the season opener in Rogers Place two days ago. It was a fantastic game to watch with neutral eyes, but it was also the conclusion of what we can expect to see from Connor McDavid this season. It was really the definition of a game that went back and forth with the Oilers taking the initiative in the first period. The bar was set after the first goal coming 1:10 in to the period, while Calgary Flames responded immediately with the equalizer 30 seconds later. However, the home team got back into the lead in less than four minutes later with Zack Kassian extending which also McDavid’s first point of the night with the second-assist.
Calgary used the first break very well as the team was much more willing to go forward in the second period. The Flames outshouted the hosts with nine against their twenty shots on goal which was a clear sign of what was coming. The Flames managed to score twice while they were shorthanded which levelled the game for the second time with 3-3. However, Connor McDavid has just started his show as he put the home team back into the lead shortly after Calgary’s equalizer. If that was not enough, young McDavid took responsibility when a penalty was given to them two minutes later. His two goals made the Oilers still lead the gae with two goals after two periods had been played.
The third period started out with Calgary Flames trying to get the first goal in order to get their hopes up. Due to an aggressive approach in seek of their fourth goal it resulted in them being shorthanded twice before the clock showed nine minutes. The Oilers managed to keep all players available which made them putting on a pressure once they came one man up. Puljujarvi scored the powerplay goal nine minutes into the period, which meant that Calgary had to take more risks if points should be heading their way.
It was therefore important with the quick equalizer from Dennis Wideman shortly after that gave some hope in the remaining 10 minutes of the game. However, The Flames did stay the two goals behind all the way into the dying minutes. After pulling the goalkeeper, it was a simple task for Edmonton’s Jonathan Eberle making the empty net winner less than two minutes before the game ended. A highly entertaining game ended with a stunning score of 7-4 between the two Canadian teams. Calgary Flames has no injured players to report while The Oilers is still without Iiro Pakarinen.
It is always difficult to predict the scores in hockey as it will never be as “predictable” as other sports like football for instance. However, it is not difficult to see that these teams can produce goals for themselves this season. The Oilers struggled a lot last season, much because of McDavid’s long-term injury in the first half of the season. However, his presence as a healthy machine is pretty much what Sidney Crosby is for the Penguins and he showed it during the second part of last season.
He is an outstanding player that the Oilers can expect a lot of if he stays healthy. However, The Flames will be a tough task here as they managed to tie the last match twice, and they will be even more competitive when getting the chance of taking revenge at their home ice tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome. In either case goals should be coming here in my opinion and choose to back another game with at least six goals involved from two such entertaining teams.