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Edmonton Oilers open pre-season with two games against the Calgary Flames

What to expect at the Oilers pre-season game against the Flames on Monday night
WATCH ABOVE: The puck drops on the Edmonton Oilers 2017 NHL pre-season on Monday night. Kevin Karius has more on what to expect when they take on the Calgary Flames.

It’s a double dose of the Battle of Alberta to get the NHL pre-season going.

The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames will play split squad games in both cities on Monday night.

“We want to play some players, give them an opportunity early to get their feet wet, give them an idea to see what it’s going to feel like as we move forward, and find out if they deserve to move forward,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.

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The expected lineup in Edmonton is:

Maroon – McDavid – Strome

Laleggia – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi

Pakarinen – Letestu – Kassian

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Three of Currie, Hamilton, Downing, and P. Russell on the fourth line.

Nurse – Gryba

Jones – Bear

Lagesson – Fayne

Talbot

Pasquale

The defensive pairing of Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear features two players the Oilers drafted in 2015 out of the WHL.

“They played some of the hockey together in Penticton,” said McLellan. “We’ll put them in game tonight where the intensity is going to go up. The pace is going be quicker. We’ll see if they communicate with each other and use some of the things we’ve talked about over the first four days.”

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The two 20-year-olds have been rivals in the WHL with Jones playing for Portland and Bear for Seattle.

“We’re really good friends off the ice. I’ve know him since we got drafted here. We kind of clicked instantly,” said Jones. “I haven’t had too much experience with him on the ice, but I think our chemistry off the ice is really going to help with our chemistry on the ice tonight.”

The expected lineup in Calgary is:

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Lucic – Draisaitl – Caggiula

Khaira – Kelly – Yamamoto

Callahan – Malone – Rattie

Three of Polei, Gambardella, Chase, and Christoffer on the fourth line.

Klefbom – Larsson

Auvitu – Simpson

Lowe – Paigin

Brossoit

Ellis

The game at Rogers Place will be heard on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.