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It’s The Battle Of Michigan Too

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Considering it’s a meeting between the Western Conference’s 11th and 14th place teams, it may be overstating matters to describe Saturday’s matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers as the Battle of Alberta. For now, call it the minor altercation of Alberta, which has a new oddball subtext, thanks to Calgary’s recent Mike Cammalleri acquisition.

The Flames now have three University of Michigan alumni on the roster - Cammalleri, plus the injured Brendan Morrison and David Moss. The Oilers, meanwhile, feature three of their arch rivals, former Michigan State stars Shawn Horcoff, Corey Potter and Jeff Petry. Maybe if no one’s paying attention locally, the TV numbers on Hockey Night In Canada can be bolstered by the overnights from the Windsor/Detroit area.

Still, rivalries - any kind of rivalries - always enhance match-ups and goodness knows, Calgary-Edmonton needs some enhancing these days, with the Oilers plunging fast, their top young players all injured, and all the early excitement of the season vanishing amid the hard reality of an 82-game schedule.

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Considering it’s a meeting between the Western Conference’s 11th and 14th place teams, it may be overstating matters to describe Saturday’s matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers as the Battle of Alberta.

Hey Eric, you’re aware that the Battle of Alberta is called that because of the geography involved, right?  And not because of the standings of the teams?  Whether Calgary and Edmonton are 1st and 2nd or 11th and 14th it’s still the Battle of Alberta because it’s Calgary vs Edmonton.

Posted by Garth on 01/20/12 at 01:13 PM ET

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Ooh, wow, that really wasn’t your best smack, Garth. C’mon, step your game up, it’s Friday.

Posted by toolazytologin on 01/20/12 at 03:05 PM ET

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Posted by toolazytologin on 01/20/12 at 12:05 PM ET

Garth used to be cool.

Posted by NathanBC on 01/20/12 at 03:09 PM ET

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Posted by toolazytologin on 01/20/12 at 12:05 PM ET

Sorry, I’m tired today.

Posted by NathanBC on 01/20/12 at 12:09 PM ET

I’m still cool!!!!!

Posted by Garth on 01/20/12 at 03:31 PM ET

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Sorry, I’m tired today.

No probs, playa. Pace yourself and you’ll be fine. And every now and then, just resist the urge to post, a la Primis 2.0.

I’m still cool!!!!!

Posted by Garth on 01/20/12 at 12:31 PM ET

You are!!!

Posted by toolazytologin on 01/20/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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And every now and then, just resist the urge to post, a la Primis 2.0.

Hahaha, will do.

Posted by Garth on 01/20/12 at 04:11 PM ET

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I’m still cool!!!!!
Posted by Garth on 01/20/12 at 12:31 PM ET

Oh. Sorry!

Posted by NathanBC on 01/20/12 at 04:23 PM ET

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