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Calgary eyes sixth straight win; Arizona begins three-game homestand

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (16-12-4) at COYOTES (18-10-4)

9 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-A, FS-A Plus, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames go for their sixth consecutive win when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

Calgary is playing the second of back-to-back games. Forward Sean Monahan scored at 2:09 of overtime in a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday. The five-game winning streak is the Flames' longest of the season, and they are 6-0-1 in their past seven games following a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

The Coyotes begin a three-game homestand following a 3-1-0 road trip that ended with a 4-3 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Arizona is 5-2-2 in its past nine games, and its 40 points since Oct. 10 are second in the NHL to the Washington Capitals (43).

The Flames and Coyotes split their first two games this season. Calgary won at home 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 5 and the Coyotes shut out the Flames 3-0 on Nov. 16, when goalie Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves.


Players to watch

Monahan has four goals and three assists during a six-game point streak and has a goal in three consecutive games.

Coyotes forward Carl Soderberg has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"As we've talked about a lot in the last couple of days, when you work hard and play with structure, then your skill starts to show. Right now, our skill is starting to show." -- Flames coach Geoff Ward

"We're a confident team right now. It's fun to play on this team right now. We just want to keep that going, keep the roll going." -- Coyotes forward Clayton Keller


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Dillon Dube -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Johnny Gaudreau

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Michael Stone

Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body)


Coyotes projected lineup

Christian Fischer -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Conor Garland

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Antti Raanta

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Barrett Hayton, Robbie Russo

Injured: Jason Demers (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (fibula)


Status report

Demers is week to week after being injured in Chicago on Sunday. … Hjalmarsson is projected to return next month.


Stat pack

Dube has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak. … Tkachuk has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Keller, who will play in his 200th NHL game, has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games. … Raanta is 5-2-2 in 10 games against the Flames.

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