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Preview: Coyotes at Flames

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

GAME 45:

Coyotes (20-21-3) at Flames (29-13-4) 

Arizona will try to stretch its winning streak to four games and its point streak to five games in Calgary on Sunday night when it plays the finale of a three-game road trip.

WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome | WHEN: 7:30 p.m. (AZ time) | TV: FOX Sports Arizona | RADIO: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight���s projected lineup.


• Arizona will enter the game with 43 points, four behind Minnesota for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference standings with 38 games to play.

• The Coyotes are 4-2-1 in their past seven games played at Calgary, and they outscored the Flames, 18-12, in those seven games. 

"They're a very solid team and there's a reason why their record is the way it is," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said of the Flames. "They have a team that's not scared to go to the net and they've got high-end guys that can score. So, there's a certain way you've got to play against them. The hard work and passion has to be in your game."

Video: Tocchet Expects Coyotes to Compete Hard vs. CGY

Adin Hill, who grew up in Calgary, will start in goal after watching Darcy Kuemper play the past three games. Hill's 2.36 goals-against average ranks sixth in the NHL among goalies who have played at least 10 games. The game will be Hill's first regular-season NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome, where he's played before at various levels of hockey. 

"It's exciting," Hill said. "I'll have a bunch of family and friends out at the game ... and I'm looking forward to it. At the same time, when I step on the ice it's just another hockey game and we want to leave with two points. We've just got play our game. We've got to play a fast and simple game. I think we're one of the best defensive teams in the League when we're playing the right way."

Video: Hill Excited to Play First Game in Hometown

Conor Garland has scored six goals in a four-game goal streak, and is the first rookie in franchise history to score at least one goal in four consecutive games since Teemu Selanne scored in nine straight games from March 14-April 1, 1993 with the Winnipeg Jets.

Alex Galchenyuk has notched six points (one goal, five assists) in a three-game point streak, and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the 10 games played since he faced the Montreal Canadiens, his former team, on Dec. 20. 

• The Coyotes, who lead the NHL in penalty-killing success at 88.6 percent, have not allowed a power-play goal in the past six games (12 for 12 on PKs).

• Arizona, which beat Edmonton 3-2 on Saturday night, is 3-1-0 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.  


• Calgary has won four games in a row and will enter tonight's game with 62 points, which ranks second in the NHL behind only Tampa Bay (72) ... The Flames win 52.2 percent of their face-offs and they convert 21.9 percent of their power plays into goals ... Johnny Gaudreau ranks third in the NHL with 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists). He has notched at least one point in seven consecutive games ... Sean Monahan has scored 24 goals, including 10 power-play goals ... Mark Giordano, who will play in his 800th game tonight, ranks first in the League in plus/minus at +31. He has 44 assists, the third most among NHL defensemen ... Mike Smith, who made 28 saves on 29 shots in a 6-1 win over Arizona on Nov. 25, will start in goal ... The Flames have scored 69 third-period goals this season and have a +35 differential in the final frame, which is the best in the NHL. 

Video: Weal Excited About Being Traded to Coyotes 

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