Flames taking their medicine now, but still have edge on rival Oilers
THE BATTLE OF ALBERTA hit its peak in the 1980s when every game between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers was psychological warfare in the stands and community and a physical confrontation on ice. The provincial rivals detested even the sight of one another.
The passage of time has tamed the encounters to a degree as both teams spend more time rebuilding than re-arming, but it’s always a special game when the Flames play the Oilers. Edmonton fans chide Calgarians that the Stanley Cup count is still 5-1 in favor of the northerners. Calgary fans love reminding Edmontonians they’re in season No. 9 of their laborious rebuild back toward the playoffs.
The Flames, who only accepted a teardown in 2013 when they traded Jarome Iginla, even passed the Oilers in the rebuild department finishing 10 points ahead of them in the standings. A Calgary high point last season was an 8-1 thrashing of the Oilers in Edmonton March 22. Curtis Glencross had a hat trick.
The two teams meet Oct. 9, Dec. 27, Dec. 31, Jan. 31 and April 4.