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League warns Flames, Oilers ahead of their Jan. 29 rematch

Josh Vold   ·   16 janvier 2020
Last Saturday, we got a glimpse of what the Battle of Alberta used to be back in its glory days. It was a quick-paced, electric game, but the highlight of the game was watching Zack Kassian rag doll Matthew Tkachuk after a couple of questionable hits throughout the game. The two then went after each other in the media, it went as far as Kassian calling Tkachuk a p---y.

They have a rematch on Jan. 29, but the NHL is talking to both teams in an effort to ensure that the Battle of Alberta doesn't get further out of hand.

"(Senior vice president of player safety) George Parros and (executive vice president and director of hockey operations) Colin Campbell were on the phone on Wednesday in separate calls with the general managers from the Battle of Alberta Teams, trying to calm those waters down ahead of the Jan. 29 rematch between these two rivals," TSN's insider, Pierre Lebrun reported on Thursday.

Parros is also expected to be in attendance at Rogers Place in Edmonton for the game.

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Zack Kassian was suspended for two games for his attack on Tkachuk, and his first game back will be against the Flames on the 29th.

There's no doubt that we are in for an exciting game, and Flames reporter and NHL insider Eric Francis has tried to throw a bit more gas on the fire.

In a column that he wrote for Sportsnet, he stated, "If anyone broke hockey's code Saturday night, it was the ever-combustible Oilers winger by violently tossing around a star player like Tkachuk while administering a series of vicious lefts."

He later quote-tweeted his article saying, "If anyone owes anyone a fight, it's Kassian with Lucic. Kassian's the one who broke the code by rag dolling a star like Tkachuk."



The next Battle of Alberta is going to be a can't-miss! Not only are they developing a true hatred for each other, but they are also neck and neck in the battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have an identical record of 25-18-5. They are both two points back of Arizona for first in the division.
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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