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Saturday, March 1st (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (22-30-7) at Edmonton Oilers (20-34-7), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Neither the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers looked sharp offensively in their first game following the Olympic break.

The two clubs look to rebound from respective shutout losses on Saturday night in a meeting at Rexall Place.

Both the Flames and Oilers returned to action on Thursday and neither was able to score a goal. Calgary was bested 2-0 by the Los Angeles Kings, while Edmonton was blanked 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild.

The Flames and Oilers are tied for the league lead with eight shutout losses each on the season.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley liked his team's effort on Thursday despite failing to get any of their 25 shots by Jonathan Quick in losing for the third time in four games.

"We had great jump and generated some good offense in the first period," said Hartley. "We did everything right except scoring goals tonight."

Joni Ortio made his NHL debut and yielded a goal just three minutes in, but settled down to total 22 saves.

Reto Berra, a member of Team Switzerland in the recent Olympics, will start tonight for the Flames and is 1-2-0 with a 1.66 goals against average versus the Oilers.

Defenseman Chris Butler is unlikely to play after suffering an injury versus the Kings. Derek Smith may replace him in the lineup and it would be his first game with Calgary since Jan. 7.

Edmonton, meanwhile, went into Thursday's game versus Minnesota 5-1-1 in its previous seven games, but saw Darcy Kuemper post a 21-save shutout.

Ben Scrivens stopped 18-of-21 shots for the Oilers, who started a five-game homestand on Thursday.

"A lot of rust on our part," said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. "We've got to be better. They had the same (Olympic) break as we did, and we did not play well."

Edmonton lost forward Nail Yakupov in the third period after taking a shot by a teammate off his ankle. It is unknown if he will be able to suit up tonight and he was replaced on the Oilers' top line in practice on Friday by Ales Hemsky.

The Oilers will start Ilya Bryzgalov and he is 10-7-1 with a 2.69 GAA in his career versus the Flames.

The Oilers are 2-0-1 versus the Flames this season and have won six of the last nine meetings overall. However, Calgary has claimed two straight and nine of its past 12 in Edmonton.

03/01 10:39:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
BRK 87
CHA 110
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
4th
BRK 87
CHA 110
 
4th
TOR 106
CLE 111
 
4th
BOS 83
UTA 82
 
4th
MIN 65
DEN 77
 
3rd
NOP 65
DET 61
 
3rd
MIA 67
LAL 59
 
4th
HOU 79
MEM 85
 
3rd
OKC 72
PHI 86
 
Half
SAN 54
SAC 38
 
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GSW
MIL
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LAC
POR
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 52
HOU 49
 
2nd
YALE 71
HOW 57
 
2nd
PITT 53
MIAMI 57
 
2nd
TXPA 46
NMST 59
 
2nd
MSU 47
PURD 42
 
2nd
STLU 44
BONA 57
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
1st
TULSA 13
CIN 25
 
Half
VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
1st
OKST 31
TCU 28
 
1st
UCLA 39
USC 23
 
1st
WYO 37
UTST 30
 
1st
MARQ 18
STJ 16
 
1st
EILL 13
SIUE 17
 
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FRES
AFA
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SJST
BSU
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NEV
COLST
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ILL
NEB
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ORST
OREG
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UNLV
SDST
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HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 0
OTT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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ANA
MON
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COL
PIT