GAME: Calgary Flames (24-17-4-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-15-13-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
After four strong performances against two of the NHL's top teams, the
Phoenix Coyotes hope they're on the verge of moving up in the Western
The Coyotes look to extend their winning streak to three games, and continue
their rise in the conference when they meet the Calgary Flames for the first
time this season.
On Jan. 16, Phoenix was on a three-game winless streak when it began a
stretch of playing four straight games against Detroit and San Jose.
The Coyotes skated to a 3-3 tie with the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, and
lost 4-2 at home to the Sharks on Wednesday to extend their winless run to five
Phoenix got back on track, however, winning 2-1 in San Jose on Thursday
before returning home to beat the Red Wings 5-2 on Saturday.
The Coyotes earned five of a possible eight points against the two division
leaders, and are now just a few points back of the eighth and final playoff
berth in the conference.
"We needed these points as badly as anybody," said Phoenix goalie Brian
Boucher, who made a career-high 44 saves in Saturday's win. "It's a step in
the right direction."
Phoenix is 7-3-2 in its last 12 games, and is four points back of Calgary in
a tight playoff chase in the West. This is the second contest in a six-game
homestand for the Coyotes.
"We have to make sure we are ready for Calgary on Tuesday night," Phoenix
captain Shane Doan said. "We haven't really established our home ice advantage
as of yet and we need to do that. With the Flames coming in and being on this
homestand, we have to be ready to play."
Calgary's recent struggles continued Saturday with a 6-2 home loss to the
Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flames have just two wins in their last seven (2-4-1).
"There's three or four of our top guys, and they're very popular players,
that have to pick their games up," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.