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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes vs. Flames

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

GAME 72:

Coyotes (23-37-11) vs. Flames (35-28-10)

Playing the finale of a five-game homestand, Arizona will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Calgary in Glendale on Monday night.

WHERE: Gila River Arena

WHEN: 7 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

RADIO: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

Video: MacLean: Need Playoff Mentality vs. CGY


• Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet will miss the game because he's in Canada for his mother's funeral. Tocchet's mother, Norma, passed away on March 14 at age 93. Assistant Coach John MacLean will assume Tocchet's head coaching duties for this game.

• The Coyotes have posted an 11-5-2 record in their past 18 games, but have lost two games in a row and scored just three goals in those defeats. 

Antti Raanta will start in goal. Raanta returned to Arizona's net on Saturday for the first time in two weeks after missing six games because of a lower-body injury. He stopped 30 of 32 shots vs. Minnesota, which beat the Coyotes 3-1. Since Jan. 4, Raanta has helped Arizona earn a point in 14 of his 19 starts.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup.#YOTES | #CGYvsARI

• Rookie Clayton Keller will enter the game with a four-game point streak. Keller leads Arizona with 52 points and needs just two more to tie Peter Mueller for most points in a season by a Coyotes rookie. He also needs just two goals to tie Mueller for most goals in a season by a Coyotes rookie. Mueller notched 54 points and 22 goals as a freshman in 2007-08.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has scored 99 career goals. When he scores his next one, he will become just the sixth Swedish defenseman in NHL history to tally 100 goals. The others are Nicklas Lidstrom, Borje Salming, Fredrik Olausson, Erik Karlsson and Calle Johansson.

• The Flames lost at Vegas, 4-0, on Sunday and will enter the game with 80 points, four behind Los Angeles in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference standings. Former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who played Sunday at Vegas, will start in net for Calgary, which owns a four-game winning streak at Gila River Arena. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames and ranks seventh in the NHL with 81 points. Sean Monahan has scored 30 goals, one shy of his career-high for goals in a season. The Flames will play minus Matthew Tkachuk (upper-body injury) and perhaps TJ Brodie, who left Sunday's game at Vegas because of an upper-body injury.

Video: Connauton: Have to Match Flames' Emotion


• "They're pushing, so every little detail is going to count on both ends. They're going to come out with everything they have, every single shift. They're a desperate hockey team so every single detail matters tonight." -- Zac Rinaldo on Flames

• "Those were two good teams that we lost to, but I think after both games we had a feeling that we should have won those games. We have a pretty sour taste in our mouths, which is good. The feeling in the room after losses now vs. back in November is a lot more bitter. Guys demand a lot more out of themselves. Now, as a team, we expect to go in and win every game." -- Kevin Connauton on two-game losing streak

Video: Rinaldo on Getting Back in Lineup

• "We've got to get pucks to him, but with some traffic, and when we're moving the pucks in don't let him be a difference maker as far as playing the puck." -- John MacLean on facing Mike Smith

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