Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Oilers
Notes from Bob Hartley's pre-game media address
BERRA GETS THE START
"It's a back-to-back, it was already scheduled," Hartley said of the decision. "I think the difference between the two is so slim and it gives us good options. I think in back-to-back situations, I think it makes sense to play both guys."
Berra has played in 11 games since being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat on Nov. 2.
LINEUP IN FLUX
CalgaryFlames.com can't provide a Projected Lines feature for tonight's match-up due to the Flames lineup being in flux. The flu has been going around and some players are questionable for the game.
"We have lots of guys that are doubtful right now," Hartley said. "We're battling the flu, we're battling a couple of injuries.
"We have lots of game-time decisions."
On a positive note, Joe Colborne, who missed last night's game with the flu, has arrived in Edmonton and may be able to play against the Oilers.
A FEISTY AFFAIR
The Flames and Oilers have met once this season and the result wasn't in Calgary's favour. The Oilers came back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up a 4-2 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Nov. 17 so it's fair to say the Flames will want retribution for that setback. But head coach Bob Hartley thinks tonight's game will be a feisty affair for a different reason.
"We know this is the Battle of Alberta. We can talk about the rivalry as much as we want; it's all about playing our own game.
"I'm sure that on the Oilers side, it's the same thing. They're just fresh off a big win against Colorado. Those guys are pumped. They have been playing better. I think that we've been playing better also. I think the table is set for a good match-up."
SMID'S RETURN TO EDMONTON
While tonight's game is certainly special for Ladislav Smid, who played in Edmonton for seven years, the rearguard isn't too caught up in the hype surrounding his first game back at Rexall Place since being traded to the Flames.
He's focused on the end result.
"It's a little weird but at the same time, I'm really excited to come back here," the defenceman smiled. "We had a tough game yesterday and being able to bring two points back to Calgary, we need them. We need to climb up in the standings."
VS. THE OILERS
All-time vs. the Oilers: 106-87-19-3
All-time vs. the Oilers in Edmonton: 44-51-10-2
Last 10 games vs. the Oilers: 5-5-0
Last 10 games vs. the Oilers in Edmonton: 7-3-0
Tonight's game can be seen nationally on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada at 8:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN has the radio broadcast.