Record: 27-12-4 Season Series: 1-1-0 Last Five: 4-1-0
Record: 22-18-5 Season Series: 1-1-0 Last Five: 3-2-0
COYOTES LEADING SCORERS
Coyotes vs. Flames 8 p.m. MT Pengrowth Saddledome TV: CBC(HD) and NHL Network Radio: The Fan 960
The Phoenix Coyotes are entering the Pengrowth Saddledome on Saturday night having won three of their last four games. While the Minnesota Wild defeated them 6-3 on Tuesday, the Coyotes jumped back and dampened Vancouver Canucks goaltender Robert Luongo’s much-anticipated return with a 4-1 win spanking on Thursday at GM Place.
Joakim Lindstrom scored twice and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves.
It was the Canucks’ sixth straight loss on home ice which allowed Minnesota Wild to climb within two points of second place in the Northwest with three games in hand. Phoenix is eager to be in the playoffs this year and moved into a tie with Vancouver and the Anaheim Ducks for fifth in the Western Conference.
The Flames are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven straight at home. They have the second best home record (16-4-3) in the West behind the San Jose Sharks whom they defeated on Thursday, 3-2.
Dion Phaneuf snapped a 25 game scoreless streak by clinching the game-winning goal and serving the San Jose Sharks their first regulation loss since February 14, 2008.
It was Calgary’s awesome special teams that kept the Flames alive in that matchup. They killed off all five penalties and Daymond Langkow scored a power-play goal putting his hot streak to six goals and five assists in the last seven games.
"That was a huge win for us and now we have another big game against Phoenix—the game against San Jose means nothing if we don’t come out good against them (the Coyotes)," Eric Nystrom said after Friday’s practice.
The Flames are 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings against the Yotes. They won their first matchup, 4-1, in Phoenix, but fell to the doghouse in November with a 2-4 score at home.
Calgary will have one more home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday before the All-Star break.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the Flames…
Adam Pardy is having a pretty decent rookie season with the Flames. He filled in for Jim Vandermeer on defence with Phaneuf and has continued in that role while Vandermeer moved to an offencive role when he returned to the lineup. He recorded his first NHL goal against the New York Islanders on January 8, and tallied assists at the Blues game on January 13 and Sharks game on January 6.
For the Coyotes...
Coyotes captain Shane Doan will be joining Iginla at the All-Star game next week. He got two assists on the Lindstrom goals on Thursday, and notched two more at Tuesday's game against the Wild. He has 15 points in the last 13 games and lead his team with 18 goals.
PREVIOUS GAME Calgary 3 San Jose 2 Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Flames ended the Sharks 11 month home winning streak in regulation, with a 3-2 win over San Jose. Despite allowing a goal one minute into the game, the Flames regrouped and were able to convert on a goal mouth scramble two minutes in to the second period as Craig Conroy netted his sixth of the season. Five minutes later, Sharks sniper Joe Thornton held on to the puck as he cruised through the slot and let a wrist shot go that meet Miikka Kiprusoff to restore the Sharks one goal lead. At the games half way mark, the Flames were able to capitalize on the power play when Daymond Langkow was left all alone in front of the net and was able to deflect a Michael Cammalleri pass to the top corner of the net. The winning goal came off the stick of Dion Phaneuf with a mere 3:57 left in regulation as he broke a 27 game scoreless streak. Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves on 35 shots for the win.
Power Play:1/5 (20%)Penalty Killing : 5/5 (100%) Shots:Calgary - 31San Jose Sharks: 35 Attendance:17,496
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100 Both Dustin Boyd and Mark Giordano need two games for 100 Jarome Iginla needs eight goals for 400 Matthew Lombardi needs six assists for 100 Cory Sarich needs eight assists for 100
Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return later this month, and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out indefinitely.