Tonight's tilt is the first of four games between the Flames and Arizona Coyotes this season. Last year, the Flames went 4-1-0 against Arizona, picking up two of those wins in extra time. Michael Frolik and Matthew Tkachuk led Calgary with four points each against the Coyotes.
Mike Smith and Michael Stone will face off against their former club for the first time in the regular season since being acquired by the Flames. Smith spent six seasons with the Coyotes, picking up 128 wins, a 2.69 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 310 starts. The Flames acquired the veteran netminder this past off-season, trading Chad Johnson, Brandon Hickey and a conditional pick for Smith. Stone also spent six seasons in Arizona, being drafted by the Coyotes in 2008. During his time in Glendale, he amassed 24 goals and 96 points in 324 games. He was acquired by the Flames on Feb. 20, 2017 and signed a three-year extension with the club last June.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. ARIZONA
Freddie Hamilton scored his first NHL goal against the Coyotes on Mar. 19, 2015.
Travis Hamonic played his 400th NHL game against Arizona on Oct. 21, 2016.
Smith's first NHL start, win and shutout came against the Coyotes on Oct. 21, 2006.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Matthew Tkachuk needs 1 game for 100.
Curtis Lazar needs 3 games for 200.
Mark Giordano needs 3 games for 700.
Micheal Ferland needs 4 games for 200.
TJ Brodie needs 5 points for 200.
Mike Smith needs 5 games for 500.
Michael Frolik needs 10 assists for 200.
Dougie Hamilton needs 13 points for 200.
Jaromir Jagr needs 43 games to become the NHL's all-time leader in games played.
Tonight's game will be on Sportsnet 360 (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 7:00 p.m. MT.