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Series Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

We've waited 31 years for the Battle of Alberta to take place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are finally set to face each other in the second round of this year's playoffs.

It's Calgary and Edmonton, in Edmonton and Calgary. What more could you ask for?

It almost didn't happen -- we were almost cursed with the slightly-less vicious rivalry of Los Angeles and... Dallas -- but all hockey fans can now enjoy as these teams try to rip each other apart for seven games. One of Johnny Gaudreau or Connor McDavid will get to the Conference Finals for the first time in their career, likely dismantling their reputation for a lack of clutch play in the process. But who?

The Flames are probably happy to just be rid of Jake Oettinger. Their 59 percent expected goal s

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NHL Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers NHL Leon Draisaitl Johnny Gaudreau Elias Lindholm Jacob Markström Connor McDavid Mike Smith Christopher Tanev Matthew Tkachuk
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