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Oilers try to stay hot in home test vs. rival Flames

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to continue their recent surge on Saturday when they welcome the Calgary Flames to Rexall Place for another edition of the Battle of Alberta.

The Oilers won for the sixth time in nine games in their last trip to the ice, setting a season-high in goals with the lopsided victory over visiting Colorado. Taylor Hall had a hat trick and added an assist to lead the way in Edmonton's 8-2 thrashing of the Avalanche on Thursday.

It was the fourth career hat trick for Hall, who now has 10 goals on the season.

Jordan Eberle, Mark Arcobello, David Perron and Ales Hemsky each registered a goal and an assist for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk posted 33 saves in the win.

Perron's goal was his team-leading 12th of the 2013-14 campaign. He had 10 goals in 48 games last season.

"He's turned into a great leader in our dressing room," Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said of Perron. "He's one of those guys I can play anywhere."

Edmonton is continuing a five-game homestand tonight after splitting the first two games of the residency. The Oilers are just 4-9-0 at Rexall Place this season, but have won three of their last five home games.

The Oilers also have won three of four and five of the last seven meetings against Calgary. Edmonton notched a 4-2 road win against the Flames on Nov. 16. Dubnyk stopped 33-of-35 shots in that triumph and is 5-4-1 with a 2.52 goals against average in 11 career tilts against Calgary.

Calgary has taken five of seven and eight of the last 11 encounters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton is currently last in the Pacific Division with 22 points, but is only two points behind the Flames for sixth place.

The Flames will try to rebound from a loss tonight after having their second two-game win streak of the season snapped in Friday's 3-2 regulation setback against visiting Colorado. Maxime Talbot tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Avalanche past the Flames.

Calgary grabbed a 1-0 lead against the Avs just over seven minutes into Friday's game, but the Flames didn't score again until 1:55 left in the third period, when Matt Stajan tallied to cut the deficit to 3-2. Calgary was unable to notch the equalizer with goaltender Karri Ramo pulled for the extra attacker.

Kris Russell had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who were aiming for their first three-game winning streak since April 17-21 of last season. Ramo allowed all three goals on 25 shots.

"It's hockey. Mistakes cost goals. My overall game was all right, but those mistakes are what counts and I have to avoid those," said Ramo.

After Saturday's game, the Flames will play their next two games on home ice. Calgary is 5-8-1 on the road this season and 5-6-3 as the host.

12/07 10:32:30 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
9th
PIT 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
 
9th
WAS 2
ANA 4
 
9th
TOR 8
BAL 10
 
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
 
8th
TAM 4
MIN 4
 
8th
BOS 5
NYY 1
 
9th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
7th
MIL 5
SDP 2
 
1st
LOS 0
PHI 0
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
4th
SAN 76
DAL 97
 
1st
HOU 31
POR 23
 
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
 
3rd
DAL 2
ANA 2
 
1st
CHI 0
STL 0
 
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1