Sure, Edmonton Oilers fans naturally feel they won the Milan Lucic (three goals, 8 points) for James Neal (15 objectives, 22 points) trade. With 35 video games in the books, the Flames (18-13-4) and Oilers (18-13-4) are deadlocked for second location in the Pacific Division. Oilers fans held provincial bragging rights through the first 2 months of the 2019/20 campaign."Losing four in a row is not excellent enough," captain Connor McDavid told press reporters after the Oilers fell 4-1 Saturday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. For reasons understood just to the NHL schedule makers, the Oilers and Flames meet for the very first time this season on Dec. 27 followed by 2 dates in January and one in February.

For Calgary Flames fans, the prospect of turkey supper with the Edmonton family members is unexpectedly less cause for indigestion with the vacations quickly approaching.

Sure, Edmonton Oilers fans not surprisingly feel they won the Milan Lucic (3 goals, eight points) for James Neal (15 objectives, 22 points) trade. And sure, former Flames netminder Mike Smith has seven wins this season for Edmonton compared with simply 3 for former Oilers goalie Cam Talbot in Calgary.

With 35 games in the books, the Flames (18-13-4) and Oilers (18-13-4) are deadlocked for second place in the Pacific Division. After a torrid start, the Oilers have dropped their last four contests in big part due to goaltending lapses and porous protective coverage. The surging Flames are 8-1-1 in their last 10 looks thanks to contributions from all 4 lines.

Oilers fans held provincial bragging rights through the first 2 months of the 2019/20 project. Halfway through December, Flames fans no longer need to hang their heads.

Perhaps the underachieving Flames and the overachieving Oilers are simply finding their respective levels.

"People more than happy," Flames defenceman Mark Giordano stated of his fellow Calgarians. "It's been fantastic. You can absolutely feel the energy from the crowd.

"The expectations were high at the start of the year, and for excellent factor. We're a great group. Individuals are behind us and they want us to do well. And there's aggravation in all of us when it's not working out."

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