Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger doesn't expect any less of an effort from the Calgary Flames even though one of Edmonton's most famous natives is no longer a part of this rivalry.
The Oilers have won a season-high three straight but have endured recent problems against the Flames, who are trying to end the longest road losing streak in franchise history as they continue to adjust to life without Jarome Iginla in Monday night's opener of a home-and-home set.
It will be the first time since the mid-1990s this provincial rivalry won't feature Iginla, an Edmonton native who totaled 82 points against his hometown club. Krueger, however, is mindful of the fact the Flames (13-16-4) have won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including a 4-3 home victory Jan. 26 in the lone 2013 matchup.
"These games, especially between Edmonton and Calgary, have a special dynamic to them that players will be missing or players won't be missing and it seems to all be gone, and they're one-goal games," the f...