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Flames, Oilers playing to hit personal milestones
It's a Battle of Alberta, so even with nothing on the line in terms of the standings race, a Saturday night clash between the Calgary Flames and visiting Edmonton Oilers will have meaning.
Taking the contest's importance up a notch in Calgary, though, will be quests for players on both sides to reach major career milestones in their regular-season finale.
Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl has scored 49 times and is aiming to become the franchise's first player to reach 50 goals in a season since Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri reached that feat in 1986-87.
Meanwhile, Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau is at 98 points, leaving him two shy of reaching 100 for the first time in his career. The last Flames skater to hit 100 points was Theoren Fleury in 1992-93 -- a season that ended the year Gaudreau was born.
Draisaitl scored both goals in his team's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. With the Oilers (34-38-9, 77 points) second from the bottom of the Western Conference standings, his push for 50 is one of the few focal points for a team that has lost five straight games and won just twice in the last 10 outings (2-6-2).
"That's something special," Draisaitl said to NHL.com of his milestone opportunity. "I'm not sure if I'll ever get that chance again, so I'm going to try and make the most of it. I really appreciate the guys trying to set me up."
Calgary (50-24-7, 107 points) will cap what's been an incredible season. The Flames, who are coming off a meaningless 3-1 loss to the Ducks at Anaheim on Wednesday, missed the playoffs last year and responded by winning a conference title for the first time in 29 years and their first division crown since 2005-06.
The list of players who have had career seasons in Calgary this year is as long as the infamous Red Mile, and Gaudreau hitting the century mark would be the cherry on top.
"It's something that I try not to focus on too, too much, but I realize how close I am," Gaudreau told Postmedia. "That's not the reason why I'm playing, though, right now. I feel good. You guys have known me long enough. I like to be on the ice. I want to be out there. I want to be playing games rather than sitting in the press box watching my teammates play."
With the Flames already clinching the top spot in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage when they kick off the Stanley Cup playoffs, the possibility Gaudreau won't suit up to prevent the risk of injury is real. The club has scratched a half-dozen key players in each of the games since clinching the Western Conference title.
"We'll see if I play or not on Saturday," Gaudreau said. "I want to play. I want to play in front of our fans against Edmonton. That would be a lot of fun on Saturday night, but we'll see."
--Field Level Media
Updated April 5, 2019