Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio.
“The rivalry, I think, gets both teams up,” McLellan said. “It’s an exciting time to be playing, especially against your rival. We found some breaks. We’ve got some good goaltending. We found ways to check when we needed to. We’ve had to come back in games.
“There’s really no pattern to our success against them. Every game’s been different. Every game has taken on its own personality, so we hope that continues again (on Tuesday) and we can find a way to push our way to win.”
Rookie defenseman Ethan Bear is hoping he gets the call to play his sixth NHL game — and first against the Flames — for the Oilers.
“It’s a very intense rivalry, so I’m looking very forward to it,” Bear said. “Everybody always wants to beat Calgary. It’s another rivalry that you want to be a part of. You know how to get up for it. They’re pretty intense games, so I just want to get out there and play hard.”
The 71-year-old Jackson will have knee surgery Tuesday after tripping and falling during a walk Monday morning.
The Yankees said Jackson, an instructor at spring training, was in “good spirits.”
Jackson hit 563 career home runs, including 144 with the Yankees from 1977-81. He connected for three homers on three pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their first title since 1962.
Trump also went out of his way to single out several Houston players individually, including World Series MVP George Springer and American League MVP Jose Altuve. Trump acknowledged the “lights-out Cheap Custom Jerseys pitching” of trade deadline acquisition Justin Verlander, and also specifically lauded fellow hurlers Cheap Braves Jerseys Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, and Brad Peacock for their performances last season.