The NHL is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Classic today by bringing the Battle of Alberta outdoors.
The Oilers and Flames face off in the 2023 edition of the Heritage Classic. The event is coming full circle, returning to Commonwealth Stadium this season, the site of the inaugural Heritage Classic in 2003.
It’s the first time that the two Alberta foes are facing off against one another in an outdoor game. While both organizations have played on an outside rink, there has yet to be an outdoor Battle of Alberta contest.
The start of the 2023-24 season has not gone well for either club. The Oilers and the Flames find themselves only in front of the Sharks in the Pacific Division, each owning a sub-.500 record. Both teams will be without star players as well, as Edmonton captain Connor McDavid is expected to miss the game with an upper-body injury, and Calgary defenseman Rasmus Andersson won’t be available as he is serving a four-game suspension.
The Sporting News has everything fans need to watch the 2023 Heritage Classic between the Oilers and the Flames.
What channel is Oilers vs. Flames on?
- TV Channel: TBS (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live stream: TBS app, Sling TV (U.S.) | Sportsnet+ (Canada)
The Oilers vs. Flames Heritage Classic game will be broadcast on TBS in the United States. Typically, TNT is the home to hockey games on the Turner Sports network, however due to the scheduling conflict, the game will be on one of the network’s other channels.
Fans can stream the game through the TBS app with a cable log-in. Cord cutters can use Sling TV to stream the game.
In Canada, Sportsnet will broadcast the game for the national audience. For those looking to stream the Oilers and Flames game, they can do so through Sportsnet+.
What time is the Heritage Classic on today?
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 29
- Time: 7 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. local time
The 2023 Heritage Classic has a scheduled puck drop for 7 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time in Edmonton on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Where is the 2023 Heritage Classic?
- Venue: Commonwealth Stadium
- City: Edmonton, Alta.
Commonwealth Stadium is the site of the 2023 Heritage Classic between the Oilers and the Flames. The venue is home to the Edmonton Elks, one of the football teams in the CFL.
This is the second time that a Heritage Classic will be played at the facility. The first-ever Heritage Classic in 2003 was also played at Commonwealth Stadium, so the NHL is going back to where the event began for the 20th anniversary.
Heritage Classic history
This year’s game marks the seventh Heritage Classic in league history. The Canadian outdoor event is not held annually like the Winter Classic is in the United States.
All seven Canadian teams have taken part in the event at least once. The Sabres are the only United States-based club to partake in a Winter Classic, playing against the Maple Leafs at the 2022 game.
This marks the first time that the Flames and Oilers are playing one another in the event. This marks the third Heritage Classic for both organizations. Both Edmonton and Calgary have won one Heritage Classic and lost another.
|Nov. 22, 2003||Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton, Alta.)||Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers||Canadiens 4, Oilers 3|
|Feb. 20, 2011||McMahon Stadium (Calgary, Alta.)||Montreal Canadiens v. Calgary Flames||Flames 4, Canadiens 0|
|March 2, 2014||BC Place (Vancouver, B.C.)||Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks||Senators 4, Canucks 2|
|Oct. 23, 2016||Investors Group Field (Winnipeg, Man.)||Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets||Oilers 3, Jets 0|
|Oct. 26, 2019||Mosaic Stadium (Regina, Sask.)||Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets||Jets 2, Flames 1|
|March 13, 2022||Tim Hortons Field (Hamilton, Ont.)||Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres||Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 2|
Source : ESPN.com