FIGHT­ING FOES

Flames tak­ing their medicine now, but still have edge on ri­val Oil­ers

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

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.

CUR­TIS GLEN­CROSS

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.

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