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Preview: Coyotes at Flames

Arizona is looking to avoid a season sweep by Calgary

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

The Coyotes will begin a three-game trip on Monday night when they take on the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 7 p.m. AZ time.

Arizona (18-28-7) will be looking to avoid being swept by the Flames this season; Calgary has beaten the Coyotes four times and outscored them, 12-6, in those games.

The Coyotes have earned five points over their past three games and are getting offensive contributions up and down the lineup. Fourteen players notched at least one point over the past three games.

"We have everybody contributing," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We've talked a lot about no weak links in our lineup. Whether you're a young guy or a veteran guy, we can't have any weak links. Everybody has to do their job and pull their weight in different roles. Most nights that's the case." 

Video: Dave Tippett previews Monday's game at Flames

Mike Smith will start in goal seeking his first win over the Flames since Nov. 27, 2015.

"I feel good. I feel healthy," Smith told "That's the main thing. When you're playing well, you just want to continue to do that and stay as consistent as possible and go one game at a time."

Forwards Tobias Rieder and Martin Hanzal co-lead the Coyotes with 12 goals apiece. Forward Radim Vrbata is tops in assists (25) and points (36). 

Forward Max Domi has notched one goal and two assists in four games played since returning from hand surgery in December. 

Rookie Christian Dvorak will play his 50th NHL game tonight. Dvorak leads Coyotes freshmen with 17 points and 10 assists. Meanwhile, rookie Lawson Crouse will not play vs. Calgary because of a lower-body injury. Crouse did not travel with the team but might join it in Los Angeles in time for Thursday's game. 

With Crouse sidelined, Josh Jooris will return to the lineup as center on the fourth line. Jordan Martinook will switch from fourth-line center to left wing.

Video: Jordan Martinook previews Monday's game at Flames

Calgary (28-25-3) will enter the game one point behind Los Angeles in the race for the second and final wildcard spot in the Western Conference. 

Chad Johnson is expected to start in goal for the Flames, who last played a game on Feb. 7 because of their league-mandated "bye week." 

"You have to bring your best," Johnson told "We know where we are in the standings, but that's not something that we're focused on during the game. You have to really focus on the process of getting wins." 

Center Mikael Backlund leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and 39 points, and he will enter the game with a three-game point streak.

Forward Sean Monahan needs one goal to become the youngest player in Flames history to score 100 goals.

Video: Shane Doan previews Monday's game at Flames



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Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup.


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