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Calgary Flames vs Arizona Coyotes Preview 2/12/2016 (52/82)

Calgary has won 3 in a row and getting 2 more points in Arizona would be huge.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Arizona Coyotes, 9 PM ET, Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Well, the Flames cruise into Glendale AZ on a nice little 3 game winning streak. Calgary had to work extra hard to take down the Sharks on Thursday night and there's no rest as they take on Pacific Division foe Arizona in the always dreaded back to back. The Flames are an abysmal 3-13 in back to back games this season and the Coyotes find themselves at 11-9 in back to back games. But for the Flames, none of that matters. They need points and need them badly. So throw out the back to back game stats, Calgary needs to come into Gila River Arena with a full head of steam.  This is game 3 of the 5 game season series and the Flames have dropped both contests so far this season against the 'Yotes. While the Flames are 0-2 against Arizona this year, they've lost 2-1 and 2-1. It's not like they're getting blown out the water by an stretch of the imagination and the Coyotes are ripe for the picking. They come into this game on a 5 game skid where they've been out scored 23-11! One point seperates these guys in the standings and the Flames would be smart to pounce on the Coyotes early and put this game away faster than Arizona would like. Calgary will be without their #1 goalie Karri Ramo in this game as he was injured in the 3rd period of the Flames win over the Sharks. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Arizona Coyotes
25-25-3 Record 24-23-6
53 Points 54
6th Pacific Division 5th Pacific
10th West Conference 9th West
5-5 Last 10 Games 2-8
143 Goals For 139
156 Goals Against 163
Gaudreau (21) Goals Doan (19)
Gaudreau (51) Points Ekman-Larsson (38)
Ramo (.909) SV % Domingue (.915)
29th (15.3%) PP 17th  (18.2%)
29th (75.9%) PK 28th (77.2%)

4 periods of hockey wasn't enough for the Flames and Sharks on Thursday night. It took 4 rounds of a shoot out until Jiri Hudler slipped the game winner in to give the Flames a 6-5 win. Nothing about this game was pretty. There were power play opportunities every where, blown leads, bench minor penalties, injuries, you name it, it had it. Calgary blew a 4-1 lead and tied it late in the third at 5 to send it to OT. Karri Ramo and David Jones both left the game with injuries, but one bright spot was Mikael Backlund getting his 3rd point in as many games. Here's the highlights:

The Coyotes are slipping and slipping fast. They host the Flames in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. Arizona last played Wednesday night and lost to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Martin Hanzel's 7th of the season was the lone goal for the Coyotes even though they peppered Ryan Miller with 35 shots. 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 Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Markus Granlund Joe Colborne
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Ladislav Smid
Joni Ortio Jonas Hiller (s) 

Scratches: Brandon Bollig, Dennis Wideman (susp)

Injuries: David Jones, Karri Ramo

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Tobias Rieder Antoine Vermette Mikkel Boedker
Max Domi Martin Hanzal Anthony Duclair
Jordan Martinook Brad Richardson Shane Doan
Kyle Chipchura Tyler Gaudet Kevin Connauton
Left Defense Right Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Connor Murphy
Klas Dahlbeck Zbyneck Michalek
Nicklas Grossmann Michael Stone
Louis Domingue (s) Anders Lindback


Injuries: Joe Vitale, Mike Smith, Boyd Gordon