Exhibition hockey games allow teams to test line combinations, evaluate talent and get players into game shape.
So the important stats from last night's Flames-Oilers game are 22 power play opportunities, Edmonton went 1-12 and Calgary 0-10. The shots on goal were in the normal range and Edmonton player Jarret Stoll drove Calgary defenceman Andrew Ference into the boards from behind and got a major and a game misconduct. Stoll went on to say. "With all the penalties, the flow of the game was up and down". "It was a good start to see how they're going to call the game. There were some penalties we couldn't believe they called, but we have to adjust."
Edmonton did win the game 2-1 on a shoot-out goal scored by Ryan Smyth. Overall, a type of game we expected, except for the lack of scoring. Hopefully Stoll will soon realize those unbelievable penalty calls will become the norm, not the exception, meaning the players must adjust, not the refs.