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Game #21 Preview: Arizona vs. Calgary

Darcy Kuemper and Nick Schmaltz to play in their 200th NHL games; Coyotes face Pacific opponents in seven of next eight

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Preview

GAME #21: ARIZONA (11-7-2) vs. CALGARY (10-8-3)

2:00 PM MST - Gila River Arena | Glendale, AZ

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

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis, Paul Bissonnette)

Referees: Gord Dwyer #19, Tom Chmielewski #18

Linesmen: Tyson Bakers #88, Devin Berg #87

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ARIZONA VS. CALGARY

The Coyotes host the Calgary Flames today at Gila River Arena to begin a three-game home stand, marking the second of four scheduled meetings between the teams this season.

Calgary will return to Arizona on December 10; the season series finale will take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 6.

The Flames are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday and have dropped consecutive games for only the third time this season. Calgary just completed a four-game home stand where they posted a 2-1-1 record. Seven of the Flames' 11 losses this season have come on the road; they are 4-6-1 as visitors.

Six of the Coyotes' next eight games will be played on home ice. They are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday to finish a road trip that began with back-to-back wins against the previous two Stanley Cup champions.

The quarter-point of the season for the Coyotes will officially hit at the 10-minute mark of the second period this afternoon.

Darcy Kuemper will make his 14th start of the campaign today, as confirmed by head coach Rick Tocchet following Thursday's morning skate in Minnesota. It is unknown whether there will be any additional changes to the lineup the team used against the Wild - Tocchet will address the media shortly after 12:00 p.m. today to provide any further details.

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THREE THINGS

PACIFIC PRESSURE: Pacific Division opponent? Get used to it. The Coyotes come into the afternoon situated at second place in the Pacific, four points behind the Edmonton Oilers and one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks and today's opponent, the Flames. Seven of the Coyotes' next eight games will come against division opponents, spotlighting a critical stretch in the schedule that will transition the team into December. Arizona is 2-1-1 against Pacific Division opponents so far this season.

HOME HEAVY: After playing 12 of their first 20 games on the road that included extended East Coast and Midwest trips, the Coyotes begin a stretch that will see them play six of their next eight games on home ice at Gila River Arena, where they are 4-4-0 this season, outscoring opponents by a 23-17 margin. Their only two road games for the remainder of November are against two of their closest opponents, geographically speaking: the Los Angeles Kings (11/23) and Vegas Golden Knights (11/29).

WHILE THE SUN'S OUT: Today marks the first of five matinee games for the Coyotes that have a 2:00 p.m. or earlier local start time. Three will be at home (11/16 vs. CGY, 2/17 vs. NYI, 4/4 vs. WPG) and two will be on the road (11/23 at LAK, 1/18 at EDM). Arizona has four additional games that begin at 4:00 p.m. or earlier locally (10/19 vs. OTT - 5-2 W, 11/29 at VGK, 1/12 vs. PIT, 2/8 at BOS).

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LAST TIME AROUND

November 5, 2019 - Arizona (3) at Calgary (4) F/OT

The Coyotes built two separate two-goal leads in regulation but ultimately fell to the Flames in overtime in the teams' first meeting of the season on November 5 at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome.

Clayton Keller , Christian Dvorak , and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for the Coyotes in each period of play to build 2-0 and 3-1 leads over the Flames. Calgary scored twice in a 49-second span in the final 3:30 of regulation to tie the game; Matthew Tkachuk netted the game-winner with 34 seconds remaining in overtime.

Antti Raanta made a season-high 39 saves in the overtime loss.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

TWO HUNDRED (200)

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper and forward Nick Schmaltz will each play in their 200th career NHL games today.

For Kuemper, it'll serve as his 183rd start; 17 of his games played have come in the form of relief appearances. 78 of Kuemper's 199 games to date have come with the Coyotes over the last two-plus seasons - all of them starts. He is 37-31-10 all-time with Arizona, holding a .922 SV% and 2.38 GAA. The 29-year-old goaltender enters the day with an 8-5-0 record this season; his 1.99 GAA ranks second among qualified NHL goaltenders, his .931 SV% ranks third.

For Schmaltz, today will mark his 38th game with the Coyotes; he played 162 games over the course of two-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks prior to being acquired in a trade on November 25, 2018. He leads the Coyotes in scoring this season with 16 points (4G, 12A).

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QUICK HITS

  • Christian Dvorak ranks second in the NHL with a 62.9 face-off percentage.
  • Matthew Tkachuk has 12 points (6G, 6A) in 12 career games against the Coyotes including, three points (2G, 1A) on November 5.
  • With his next point, Oliver Ekman-Larsson will surpass Radim Vrbata for 11th on the all-time franchise points list (344).
  • Christian Dvorak has nine points (4G, 5A) in nine career games against the Flames, his highest total against any opponent.
  • The Coyotes will wear specialty lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during warm-ups.
  • Arizona owns an 83-93-20-5 all-time record against Calgary.

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Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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