The Oilers were without the services of Taylor Hall who missed the action when he came down with the flu before game time. The dynamic sophomore has 4 points in 4 games, but the Oilers did welcome back defenseman Ryan Whitney who has been out since early last December with an ankle injury.
However, despite the loss of Hall and the addition of Whitney, the Calgary Flames managed to edge the Oilers with a 2-1 decision with two late quick goals scored by Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Tanguay. Both goals were 90 seconds apart but was enough to put the game out of reach for the Oilers.
Tom Gilbert scored the lone goal for the Oilers when he wired a one-timer past Mikka Kiprusoff from a point pass from Corey Potter on the power-play.
The Oilers have not won in Calgary in their last 9 visits to Cow-Town and captain Shawn Horcoff had this to say about the win drought.
"If you want to make the play-offs and if you want to go deep into the play-offs we have to win in our division and it starts with winning in Calgary for us. We have are going to have to find ways to close out games like that."
The Oilers are now 2-3-1 this season.