It had been 371 days since the Oilers and Flames last battled it out in an official NHL game (they did play an exhibition in the summer bubble), but despite being more than a year removed, there was no love lost between these two clubs.
“We don’t like them. They don’t like us,” Oilers tough guy Zack Kassian said pregame.
What did his fellow antagonist from the Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, think before puck drop? “I think the hatred is definitely there.”
Saturday night marked the first of 10 Battle(s) of Alberta this season, and while this one may not have had the same fireworks as last year’s four-game set (there was no goalie fight in this one or any dropped gloves, for that matter), it did have some drama as the Flames skated away with a comeback 6-4 win over their Albertan rivals.
“We talked a little bit