GAME: Calgary Flames (38-28-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (21-31-18-6).
TIME: Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Phoenix Coyotes aim for their first winning streak in two months as they
host the Calgary Flames.
Phoenix has only one victory in its last 16 games and has not won two in a
row since consecutive wins over San Jose and Detroit on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.
Mike Comrie snapped the Coyotes' 15-game winless streak by scoring with 24.2
seconds to play in overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild
"You look at it and we've been getting points," Comrie said, who has 12
goals and 12 assists. "We're in games. We feel like our fate should be
The Coyotes had been 0-8-4-3 during their slide. They also were 2-16-5-4 in
their previous 27 games.
"It was obviously a long stretch, but it was good to get a win," said
Shane Doan, who also scored for Phoenix.
The win was the first for coach Rick Bowness, who took over for the fired
Bob Francis on Feb. 24.
Goaltender Brent Johnson earned his first win since being acquired in a
trade from St. Louis earlier this month. Johnson finished with 27 saves to
improve to 1-3-1 with Phoenix.
After a seven-game unbeaten streak, Calgary has lost two straight. The
Flames are sixth in the Western Conference with six games remaining. They trail
Vancouver by three points for fifth place and are five behind Dallas for
Despite the slump, the Flames are confident they can get back on track.
"Unlike our teams in the past where we've lost four or five games in a row,
we've been able to stop any losing streak really quick so that's what we're
going to try and do with this one so we can head into the playoffs on a roll,"
forward Chris Clark said.
Calgary will have to pick it up on offense to end its losing streak.
The Flames have scored one goal over the last two games and are coming off a
4-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday.
Calgary will again be without coach Darryl Sutter and left winger Krzysztof
Oliwa. They were suspended two and three games, respectively, for their roles
in a brawl against Nashville on Saturday.
The Flames were dealt another blow when Chris Simon was suspended for two
games by the NHL on Tuesday, one day after kneeing Stars defenseman Sergei
STANDINGS (through March 22): Flames - 86 points, 3rd place, 7 PB, Northwest
Division. Coyotes - 66 points, 5th place, 26 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 38 goals and 66 points; Craig Conroy,
36 assists; Oliwa, 247 PIM. Coyotes - Doan, 25 goals, 41 assists and 66 points;
Andrei Nazarov, 125 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 22): Flames - Power play: 14.8 percent (49 for
331), 23rd in NHL (tied). Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (276 for 327), 12th.
Coyotes - Power play: 14.8 percent (50 for 348), 23rd (tied). Penalty killing:
82.7 percent (310 for 377), 22nd (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (21-9-4, 3 SO, 1.69 GAA); Roman Turek
(5-10-0, 2, 2.50). Coyotes - Brian Boucher (9-17-10, 5, 2.70); Johnson (5-6-2,
SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 29; Flames, 4-2. At Calgary, Jordan Leopold had a goal
and an assist to lead the Flames. Chuck Kobasew, Robyn Regehr and Iginla also
scored for Calgary.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 19-14-2-2 on the road; Coyotes - 10-17-7-4 at