Scouting Report: Edmonton Oilers
EDMONTON, AB -- Though there are no Stanley Cup Playoff implications in the final game of the Battle of Alberta this season, there’s still plenty to play for if you're the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
The Oilers, last in the Western Conference with a 25-37-9 record, have the chance to take the deciding game of the rivalry this season as both clubs audition their youth in a look to the future. The Flames have already started such a look, giving the Battle of Alberta a younger angle on Saturday.
This Season: 20-34-7 (14th in West)
Last Season: 19-22-7, 45 points (12th in West)
Notable Injuries: Forwards Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain) and Nail Yakupov (ankle) are out.
Flames Season Series Record: 2-2-0
Hall paces all Oilers shooters with 41 assists and 65 points this season, while his 24 goals are just one shy of David Perron’s 25 for the team lead. Should his recent scoring exploits continue, Hall could top Perron, too. The 22-year-old has goals in back-to-back contests as part of a three-game point-scoring streak.
The streaky Yakupov has struggled to find the score sheet of late. After a stretch of points in four of five games -- including in three consecutive contests -- the 22-year-old has gone six straight without a point. Overall, the first overall pick from 2012 has 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games this season. He's questionable to play Saturday.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Klefbom will suit up in his first career Battle of Alberta matchup Friday. The 20-year-old rookie defenceman has played in six games this season and earned his first career NHL point -- an assist -- in his first NHL game on March 13th. In 45 games with the Oklahoma City Barons, Klefbom had one goal and nine points.
Scrivens continues to impress in Edmonton. The 27-year-old has put together a 6-7-0 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .931 save percentage in his brief tenure with the Oilers, earning himself a two-year, $4.6 million contract extension.
After sitting out Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, Eberle is ready to return to action for the Oilers. The 23-year-old sits second on the Oilers in points with 53, while his 23 goals trail only Perron and Hall this season.