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Preview: Coyotes at Flames

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

GAME 59:

Coyotes (26-27-5) at Flames (35-16-7) 

Arizona will begin a three-game trip vs. western Canadian teams with a Monday matinee in Calgary as Canada celebrates Family Day.

WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome | WHEN: 2 p.m. (AZ time) | TV: FOX Sports Arizona | RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Today���s projected lineup. #OurPack | #ARIvsCGY


• Arizona will enter the game with 57 points, three behind Minnesota, which holds the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference standings, with 24 games to play.

• The Coyotes have won 15 road games with 11 left on the schedule. The last time the team won 15 games away from home in one season was in 2013-14. The franchise record for road wins is 23 set in 1996-97.

• Calvin Pickard will make his third start in goal for Arizona. Pickard is 0-2-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in two starts with the Coyotes this season. Most recently, he stopped 42 of 46 shots vs. Nashville on Feb. 5. Pickard is 0-3-0 vs. Calgary in four career appearances.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Calvin Pickard gets the start. 🎥 Hear from Coach Tocchet ahead of #ARIvsCGY:

Alex Galchenyuk is averaging a goal per game over the past four games and leads the team with 13, despite missing 10 games because of injuries. 

• The Coyotes rank fourth in the NHL in blocked shots with 911. Niklas Hjalmarsson is leading the way with 124, which ranks sixth in the NHL. Hjalmarsson is one of only three players - Brent Seabrook and Mark Giordano are the others - to block at least 100 shots in every season since 2009-10, excluding the 2103 lockout shortened season.

Lawson Crouse is coming off an impressive outing vs. Toronto on Saturday, in which he played a career-high 20:34 and chipped in an assist, five hits and two blocked shots.

"He's a one-man wrecking crew on the forecheck," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said after Saturday's game. "I have to give him a lot of credit." 

• Arizona will play minus forward Richard Panik, who missed Saturday's game because of illness and did not accompany the team to Calgary on Sunday. His status for the rest of the trip is unclear. The Coyotes recalled Michael Bunting from the American Hockey League on Sunday to add depth at forward.

• The Coyotes are looking to end a two-game losing streak vs. Calgary, which won the first two games of the season series by a combined score of 13-2.


• Calgary ranks tied for first in the Western Conference with 77 points, along with San Jose, but has played one fewer game than the Sharks ... The Flames are 17-5-5 at home ... Calgary ranks seventh in the League in power-play efficiency at 22.6 percent and fourth in face-off winning at 52.1 percent ... The Flames have scored 212 goals, third most in the NHL, and their roster boasts four players who have scored at least 24 goals: Johnny Gaudreau (29), Sean Monahan (29), Elias Lindholm (25) and Matthew Tkachuk (24) ... Lindholm will enter the game with a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists) ... Mike Smith will make his third straight start in net.

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