- The Great One has been on the ice when the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have faced off in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he can’t wait to see it happen again.
- On Saturday, the Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, while the Flames beat the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
When the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have faced off in the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Great One has been on the ice, and he can’t wait to see it happen again.
On Monday, Wayne Gretzky told Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer, “This is going to be a 7 match series and truly be the Battle of Alberta.”
“(Fans) have been anxiously waiting for this kind of series for a long time.” As a result, it should be both interesting and enjoyable.”
Gretzky last played in a Battle of Alberta playoff game in 1988, and he considers the shorthanded overtime goal he scored in match 2 to be one of his career highlights.
Over the weekend, both the Oilers and Flames won Game 7 of their respective series.
The Oilers advanced by defeating the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, while the Flames defeated the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The Oilers’ advantage, according to Gretzky, is that they have Connor McDavid.
“He just grabbed the bull by the horns the last 20 games of the regular season.” “Connor was the difference-maker for his hockey team during the last 20 games,” he stated.
But, as Gretzky cautioned, don’t write the Flames out. Both sides enjoy being aggressive with the puck, and Flames head coach Darryl Sutter enjoys sending two players in.
“The difference in this series will be that the Oilers defense will be under a lot more pressure than they were versus L.A., and vice versa,” Gretzky remarked.
“The Calgary defense will see more speed and an aggressive forecheck than the Dallas Stars unit.”
Game 1 begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Calgary. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show.
Source: Global News