Flames prepared for all-out war in crucial tilt against desperate Oilers

The good news, if you’re an Albertan, is that someone has to win Saturday’s provincial clash between Calgary and Edmonton.

That, in itself, is an exciting possibility for two teams that have combined to lose 21 of their last 26 outings.

Yet, interestingly, only one team enters the game feeling lower than a country singer with a scratch on his truck.

Only one team enters without a goalie or a win in any of its last seven outings.

An impressive win by the Calgary Flames over a fantastic Florida squad earlier this week did exactly what the Edmonton Oilers are hoping to do Saturday: flip the narrative on a terrible tailspin.

The Oilers’ 6-0 loss Thursday to the Panthers demonstrated once again that goaltending is the most important position in the game.

Mikko Koskinen has been so bad for the Oilers, they have now lost 13 of their last 15 games.

Give ’em credit, a slide like that isn’t easy to piece together with the world’s two best players on your roster.

Eventually, as the fan who threw his jersey onto the ice at Rogers Place Thursday demonstrated, desperate measures are required.

Debate over what those might look like have been the focal point of all sports talk in Northern Alberta this week, as a fan base waits to see which sacrificial lamb is offered up by the GM: the goalie, the coach?

If Ken Holland doesn’t effect significant change…

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