The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers face off in Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

A Flames flag flies outside of the Ford dealership on MacLeod trail in celebration of the Flames making the Stanley Cup playoffs in Calgary, Alta, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Rory Carroll/The Emery Weal)

With Calgary and Edmonton winning their last two games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the two teams are set to face off against each other in the series since 1991.

The last time the two teams faced off in the NHL playoffs, the Oilers walked away victorious.

This time, Flames fans are hoping for a winning outcome in Calgary’s favour.

In anticipation of the best-of-seven series, many Albertans are preparing events such as bar crawls and watch parties so they can cheer on their favourite teams.     

“We’re going to watch the game at a neighbour’s house. They’re big Flames fans. Should be fun,” said Oilers fan Teresa Fernandez.

An outdoor viewing area complete with a large screen and stage is set up outside of the Saddledome so hockey fans can watch the playoffs in Calgary, Alta, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Rory Carroll/The Emery Weal)

In addition to at-home watch parties, the Flames have set up a large viewing screen in the parking lot of Stampede Park during all home games so that Calgarians can cheer them on. It has been dubbed the Red Lot.

The viewing screen is free and includes live music and food trucks for hockey fans to partake in. You will need a ticket before entering the Red Lot.

The Return of the Red Mile

Ethos Bridal Shop on 17th ave has decorated thier mannequins in celebration of the playoffs and the Red Mile in Calgary, Alta, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Rory Carroll/The Emery Weal)

Given the name in 2004 during the finals for the playoffs, the Red Mile traverses along the western portion of 17 Avenue SW in Calgary’s Beltline district.

This section is populated by many bars and restaurants, many of which are preparing for the influx of patrons looking for a place to watch the game with others.

Patrons are already expecting the bars to be busy on game nights.

“I’ll be watching at home on Wednesday before work, but Friday I’ll be at the local sports bar with friends. Should be very noisy. Lots of fun,” said Flames fam Mike Andrewchuck.  

With the first game of the Battle of Alberta starting on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Alberta hockey fans are waiting with anticipation to see which team will come out on top.

Rory Carroll is a multimedia editor for The Emery Weal and contributor. He is a second-year graduating photojournalism major at SAIT. You can find more of his work on his Instagram here.

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