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Game #15 Preview: Arizona at Calgary

Antti Raanta gets the call as the Coyotes complete their back-to-back set in Calgary

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Preview

GAME #15: ARIZONA (9-4-1) AT CALGARY (8-7-2)

7:00 PM MST - Scotiabank Saddledome | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

TV: Fox Sports Arizona (Matt McConnell, Tyson Nash, Todd Walsh)

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis)

Referees: Steve Kozan #40, Chris Schlenker #3

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy #81, Matt MacPherson #83

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ARIZONA AT CALGARY

The Coyotes take to Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome tonight for the first of four scheduled meetings with the Flames this season.

This marks the back half of the Coyotes' second back-to-back set this season; Arizona has four back-to-back scenarios on its November schedule alone. The Coyotes are 1-0 in the second half of back-to-backs this season courtesy their 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on October 25.

The Flames will visit Gila River Arena for games on November 16 and December 10. The Coyotes will return to Calgary for the season series finale on March 6.

Arizona is coming off a 3-2 overtime win last night in Edmonton. The Coyotes have held their opponents to two or fewer regulation goals in 11 of their 14 games played thus far. Their overall team GAA of 2.14 is tied with the Boston Bruins for the best mark in the league.

Calgary, opening a four-game home stand tonight, is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Antti Raanta will make his fifth start of the season; he comes into the night with a 2-1-1 record that displays a 2.96 GAA and a .914 SV%.

"That's the luxury of having two really good goalies, we can have rested goalies go in the net," Rick Tocchet said after the team's morning meeting. "Raants has played well for us this year, he's rested and ready to go."

David Rittich is projected to start for the Flames. He is coming off a 43-save shutout performance on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Coyotes recalled defenseman Kyle Capobianco  prior to tonight's game, and have also assigned Michael Chaput back to the Tucson Roadrunners. 

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THREE THINGS

AT THE DOME: The Flames, returning from a season-long five-game road trip, open a four-game home stand tonight. Calgary has earned points in five of its six home games this season, posting a 4-1-1 record as hosts. The Coyotes have won three consecutive road games, and with an overall 5-2-1 road record, they've earned 11 standings points as visitors - tied for the second most in the NHL.

PK ON POINT: The Coyotes held the Edmonton Oilers' second-ranked power play quiet on Monday night, killing off both minor infractions in their overtime win. Dating back to the first period of the team's 3-2 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres last Monday, the Coyotes have successfully killed off nine-straight penalties. Arizona's penalty kill is operating with an overall 82.5% kill-rate, which ranks 13th in the NHL.

FIRST GOAL FACTOR: The Coyotes are 5-0-0 this season when scoring the first goal of a game; they are one of just three teams (Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets) in the NHL yet to suffer a loss of any kind when finding the net first. The Coyotes are 4-4-1 when surrendering the first goal of a game; their four wins in such situations are tied for the second most in the league.

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LAST TIME AROUND

March 7, 2019 - Arizona (2) vs. Calgary (0)

Darcy Kuemper delivered his third shutout of the 2018-19 campaign in the last meeting between these teams on March 7 of last season at Gila River Arena.

While stopping all 30 Flames shots fired his way, Kuemper received offensive support in the form of goals from Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun .

Keller's goal came 10:16 into the first period when he struck to score on a two-on-one one timer with Christian Dvorak . Chychrun provided an insurance marker early in the third.

The Coyotes finished with a 1-3-0 record against the Flames last season.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

SEVEN (7)

Power forward Carl Soderberg has had big impact early into his Coyotes tenure, putting up eight points (4G, 4A) through his first 14 games with Arizona.

The Coyotes are 7-0-0 this season when the 6'3", 210 lbs. forward registers a point.

He scored his fourth goal of the season in Monday night's 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton and registered one goal in three games against the Flames last season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

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QUICK HITS

  • The Coyotes' 30 goals-against is the second fewest in the NHL to the New York Islanders' 29.
  • Arizona owns an 83-93-20-4 all-time record against Calgary.
  • Two former Coyotes players, Tobias Rieder and Michael Stone, are on the Flames' active roster.
  • Mark Giordano has registered 35 points against the Coyotes during his NHL career.
  • Christian Dvorak has eight points (3G, 5A) in eight career games against the Flames, his highest total against any team.
  • Nick Schmaltz has registered a point or scored the game-deciding goal in all 10 games that the Coyotes have earned a point.

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Lead Photo Credit: Derek Leung - Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images

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