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Saturday, November 16th (All times Eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (4-15-2) at Calgary Flames (6-10-3), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames hope to avoid their longest losing streak in almost four years on Saturday night. They'll attempt do so against an Edmonton Oilers club that is last in the NHL standings.

The Flames are on their first five-game slide since March 29-April 6 of last season. They have dropped the first two of a three-game homestand, giving them four straight setbacks as the host.

Calgary didn't stand much of a chance last time out, getting routed 7-3 by the Dallas Stars, who got four goals from Tyler Seguin and six points by Jamie Benn.

Matt Stajan scored twice for the Flames, including once shorthanded, and David Jones added a goal and an assist in defeat.

Calgary goaltender Reto Berra stopped just 13-of-17 shots before being lifted in favor of Karri Ramo in the second period. Ramo allowed three goals on 15 chances in relief.

"We need to get back to our game and get back to our game quick," Flames head coach Bob Hartley said.

The Flames are hoping to avoid their longest losing streak since an 0-6-3 skid from Jan. 11-28, 2010.

Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid will face his former Edmonton club just over a week after getting dealt to the Flames by the Oilers on Nov. 8. Saturday will mark his third game with the Flames.

"It's exciting," Smid told Calgary's official website. "It didn't take long and we are already squaring off against my former team. I'm obviously excited."

The Oilers come to town riding their third five-game losing streak of the season. They did manage to avoid a fourth straight shutout loss at home, getting a goal from Nail Yakupov in last night's 3-1 setback to the San Jose Sharks.

Yakupov scored 12:48 into the second period with the Oilers already down three goals. His third tally of the season and second in three games snapped Edmonton's goal drought at home at 214 minutes, 52 seconds.

"We played better in the second and third (period). Guys played hard and we had some chances. It is tough to come into the locker room after a loss. There isn't much you can say," said Yakupov.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 34 shots in the loss, Edmonton's 10th in 11 games. It last lost six straight from April 4-16 of last season and the club sits last in the overall NHL standings with 10 points.

The Flames and Oilers split four meetings a season ago, but Calgary has won 11 of the previous 15 overall and 11 of the last 13 played at home.

11/16 10:45:48 ET

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CHA 104
LAL 103
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GT 49
UNC 81
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CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
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DET 15
BAL 2
 
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MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
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PHI 5
NYY 5
 
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BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
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TOR 7
PIT 8
 
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CIN 10
CLE 0
 
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OAK 9
SFG 4
 
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BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
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ARI 4
ASU 0
 
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CLE 110
BOS 79
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CHA 104
LAL 103
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NYK 86
SAC 124
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ATL 104
HOU 96
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MEM 82
UTA 93
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CHI 97
WAS 92
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DEN 106
MIL 95
 
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UMO 70
AKR 63
 
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NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
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BST 60
EMICH 67
 
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BUT 54
GEOR 60
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IND 63
IOWA 77
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FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
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USCU 90
KNST 54
 
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BGU 80
KSU 81
 
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NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
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HC 62
GHND 45
 
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RUTG 50
MD 60
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GT 49
UNC 81
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BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
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ALA 74
MISS 82
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DAY 75
RIU 59
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CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
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DET 77
YOUNG 67
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UNF 81
STET 67
 
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ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
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ILLCH 60
WRST 57
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MIZZ 63
AUB 61
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UGA 64
KENT 72
 
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NW 82
MICH 78
 
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CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
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UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
1st OT
KU 68
WVU 65
 
2nd
CREI 72
VILL 74
 
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PHI 2
CAL 3
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NJD 3
NAS 1
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CLB 3
WAS 5
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TAM 3
BUF 0
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FLA 2
TOR 3
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MIN 3
OTT 2
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DAL 3
NYI 2
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ARI 1
ANA 4
 
2nd
VAN 2
SJS 4