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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.
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