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Who has the edge in the Battle of Alberta?

Who has the edge between Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers?
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Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers do battle in the NHL on Saturday night, but who has the edge between the two Alberta teams?

With both teams sitting well down the Western Conference standings in the NHL, you would be forgiven for assuming that there is not much significance regarding the games between Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. However, there is a rivalry - a fierce one at that - which stems 42 years, and regardless of the quality having been on the decline of late, the level of intrigue and excitement has not diminished. The teams will be meeting for the 254th time in the regular season on Saturday evening, but what do the numbers say ahead of the latest instalment of their rivalry?

You can find more information about the upcoming fixture with Betway, but it is interesting to note how close the win-loss records are over the years. Over such a long time, you may anticipate one of the sides running away with it, but neither have dominated. Calgary hold a 126-109 advantage from an historical perspective, with 15 of the fixtures being decided in overtime. We are not yet at a stage when the Stanley Cup has gotten underway, but the Oilers have been far the better side in the postseason, possessing a 160-112 record.

If you are considering a bet with Betway ahead of the weekend's clash, betting odds with regards to scoring may interest you. Sitting four places and four points clear of Edmonton, it would seemingly make sense to back a Calgary player to find the net, but the Oilers have the best scoring record of the bottom eight teams. Connor McDavid is marginally behind teammate Leon Draisaitl when it comes to points scored this season, but the Oilers captain has 26 goals and 43 points in this fixture over the year and is surely the way to go.

Further historical statistics can be found with Betway, but in terms of their latest fixture, it was the Oilers who prevailed by a 5-2 scoreline on October 17. McDavid scored three goals on that occasion, with Leon Draisaitl laying on three assists, and it will take a brave punter not to back the Oilers to inflict a ninth defeat in 12 matches on their Alberta foes.

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