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Big Time Battle in the West! Preview: Calgary Flames vs Arizona Coyotes 1/7/2016 (40/82)

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The Flames battle the Coyotes in a crucial Pacific Division contest.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes @ Calgary Flames, 9:00 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW FSAZ SN West
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

A huge 2 points is up for grabs in this crucial January battle between the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes. 2 points is all that separates these teams in the Pacific. Calgary, who are in 4th place in the Pacific, would like nothing more than to take this game from Arizona and move up in the standings. Arizona won the only game these two have played this season back on November 27th by way of a 2-1 OT win. The schedule makers have the Flames and 'Yotes playing 3 more times down the stretch and it would be a nice launching point for the Flames if they can take this contest tonight. Calgary will look to ride the hot glove of Karri Ramo who has been on fire lately.  Here's how they match-up:

Calgary Flames Arizona Coyotes
19-18-2 Record 19-16-4
40 Points 42
4th Pacific Division 2nd Pacific
8th (tie) West Conference 6th West
6-4 Last 10 Games 5-5
103 Goals For 110
121 Goals Against 123
Gaudreau (17) Goals Doan (15)
Gaudreau (39) Points Boedker (30)
Ramo (.913) SV % Domingue (.926)
30th (12.2%) PP 24th  (17.2%)
30th (74.5%) PK 24th (78.6%)

The Flames last played on Tuesday night and dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning from the start. The fore-check was ferocious and Karri Ramo continued to be the hot hand. He had his consecutive shutout streak stopped with 1:39 left in the 3rd on a goal by Stamkos. Here's the highlights:

The Coyotes are well rested coming into tonight's game. They last played on Monday night and won a tight, 3-2 game against the Vancouver Canucks. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Joe Colborne
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund David Jones
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Mason Raymond
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Ladislav Smid.

Injuries: Michael Frolik, Jiri Hudler.

Arizona Coyotes Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Domi Antoine Vermette Mikkel Boedker
Jordan Martinook Brad Richardson Shane Doan
Tobias Rieder Viktor Tikhonov Anthony Duclair
Kyle Chipchura Laurent Dauphin Steve Downie
Left Defense Right Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Connor Murphy
Nicklas Grossmann Michael Stone
Klas Dahlbeck Zbynek Michalek
Goalies
Louis Domingue (s) Anders Lindback

Scratches: Pacific All-Star Captain John Scott

Injuries: Joe VitaleMike SmithMartin HanzalBoyd Gordon