Morning Skate: Wednesday, 12/31

BallHype: hype it up!
Tonight’s Slate:
Panthers @ Islanders, 2:00 ET
Sharks @ Wild, 6:00
Avalanche @ Coyotes, 8:00
Thrashers @ Hurricanes, 8:00
Devils @ Stars, 8:30
Blue Jackets @ Ducks, 9:00
Oilers @ Flames, 10:00

Game of the Night:
Edmonton Oilers (17-15-3) @ Calgary Flames (21-11-4)

10:00 ET… TV: TSN

Players to watch:
EDM- Sheldon Souray
The Oil need Souray’s bomb from the point to be in full gear tonight.
CGY- Rene Bourque
Bourque has been a pleasant surprise for the Flames, and has put together a solid December.

Projected Goaltenders:
EDM- Dwayne Roloson (08-09 stats: 9-5-3, 2.58 GAA)
CGY- Miikka Kiprusoff (08-09 stats: 21-10-3, 2.81 GAA)

Injury Report:
Fernando Pisani (ankle, out), Steve MacIntyre (eye, out)
CGY- Curtis Glencross (leg, probable), Jim Vandermeer (foot, out), Brandon Prust (jaw, out), Wayne Primeau (foot, out), Rhett Warrener (shoulder, out)

Last Ten Games:
Oilers (5-4-1) … Flames (6-1-3)

Season Series:
2-0 Oilers

Game Thoughts:
The Battle of Alberta rivalry is renewed tonight, and it’s a big one! Edmonton lost to the lowly Senators at home last night, while the Flames are coming off a tight win against Minnesota. I expect a better effort from the Oilers tonight, but Calgary is hungry for a win against their rivals.

Prediction: Flames 4, Oilers 2
The rest of tonight’s predictions:

Islanders over Panthers
Sharks over Wild
Coyotes over Avalanche
Hurricanes over Thrashers
Stars over Devils
Ducks over Blue Jackets

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