Calgary (28-36-4) at Edmonton (36-25-9)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Sat Apr 5, 2003
  • TV: CBC
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The Edmonton Oilers are still thinking about seventh place in the Western Conference as they meet the visiting Calgary Flames in their regular-season finale.

Though the Oilers are undefeated over their last seven games (4-0-3-0), they remain in eighth place in the conference, one point behind Minnesota. They can move up with a win and a Wild loss on Sunday to Columbus.

A tie will not help the Oilers as the Wild own the first tiebreaker—more victories.

Regardless of where they finish, the Oilers are heading into the playoffs playing some of their best hockey of the season. Edmonton has not lost since dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Phoenix on March 20.

However, the Oilers haven’t won much either of late, recording three straight ties, including Thursday’s 3-3 draw with the San Jose Sharks.

Fernando Pisani scored two goals, both on breakaways, and Ryan Smyth added his 27th of the season for Edmonton.

Pisani made his NHL debut Jan. 8 and has eight goals in 34 games. The 26-year-old Edmonton native left the game in the opening seconds of the third after being hit in the mouth by another player’s shoulder and did not return.

“He’s played well,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “We’ve got to find him some more ice time. It was tough after he got dinged in the first shift of the third period but he played exceptionally well.”

Calgary snapped a three-game winless streak with Friday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Craig Conroy scored 2:13 into the extra session, and Roman Turek stopped 30 shots.

Chris Drury also scored for Calgary, which will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

STANDINGS: Flames - 73 points, 5th place, 31 PB, Northwest Division. Oilers - 92 points, 4th place, 12 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 35 goals and 66 points; Conroy, 37 assists; Scott Nichol, 132 PIM. Oilers - Smyth, 27 goals and 61 points; Todd Marchant, 40 assists; Ethan Moreau, 112 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through April 3): Flames - Power play: 11.9 percent (45 for 377), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.2 percent (317 for 381), 14th. Oilers - Power play: 14.4 percent (55 for 381), 20th. Penalty killing: 82.7 percent (282 for 341), 19th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Turek (26-29-9, 4 SO, 2.60 GAA); Jamie McLennan (2-11-4, 2.99). Oilers - Tommy Salo (29-26-8, 4, 2.69); Jussi Markkanen (7-8-3, 3, 2.59).


LAST MEETING: March 11; Oilers, 5-2. At Calgary, Alberta, Georges Laraque scored the go-ahead goal at 8:02 of the third period as the Oilers tallied three unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes to beat the Flames. Marchant and Shawn Horcoff each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, while Salo made 20 saves. Conroy and Chris Clark scored for Calgary.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 14-20-3-3 on the road; Oilers - 20-11-5-4 at home.

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