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GAME: Calgary Flames (4-6-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (4-6-1).

TIME: Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT.

One win away from his 400th career victory, Curtis Joseph hopes to continue his dominance of Calgary as the Phoenix Coyotes take on the Flames at Glendale Arena.

The 38-year-old goalie, who's in his first season with the Coyotes, has a 399-292 record over his 17-year-career.

Joseph has been masterful against the Flames, posting a 25-8-3 record with a 2.33 goals- against average and four shutouts. His career winning percentage against the Flames (.918) is his second-highest against clubs he's faced more than 27 times.

In the his first start against Calgary this season, a 2-0 win on Oct. 17, Joseph made 25 saves for his 44th career shutout.

"He's been outstanding," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said after the victory. "He's really playing with authority and he's playing with a great deal of confidence."

On Tuesday, Petr Nedved scored off a rebound 1:51 into overtime to give the Coyotes a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Nedved's second goal of the season came after St. Louis goalie Patrick Lalime blocked Zybnek Michalek's shot from deep in the left circle.

"I was in front of the net," Nedved said, "and that's where usually a lot of good things happen."

The score capped a wild night that saw eight goals in the second and third period.

"I think that's all part of the new NHL," said the Coyotes' Mike Johnson, who scored his first goal of the season.

The Flames, meanwhile, have dropped two of three, including a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday.

Down 2-0 at 5:04 into the third period, the Flames trimmed Anaheim's lead when Jarome Iginla scored a power-play goal. Iginla, who had only two goals in his first 10 games, nearly tied it 2 1/2 minutes later when his one-timer from the top of the left circle hit the right post.

The Flames, who were coming off a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings, have yet to win consecutive games this season. They've scored only three first-period goals in their first 11 games.

STANDINGS: Flames - 9 points, 3rd place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division. Coyotes - 9 points, 3rd place (tied), 5 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Chuck Kobasew, 4 goals; Roman Hamrlik, 7 assists; Iginla and Hamrlik, 8 points; Darren McCarty, 30 PIM. Coyotes - Mike Leclerc and Oleg Saprykin, 4 goals; Paul Mara, 6 assists; Leclerc and Mara, 8 points; Tyson Nash, 33 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 10.5 percent (8 for 76), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 74.6 percent (53 for 71), 30th. Coyotes - Power play: 18.3 percent (13 for 71), 11th. Penalty killing: 79.6 percent (51 for 64), 22nd.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (4-6-1, 1 SO, 2.90 GAA); Philippe Sauve (0-0-0, 3.00). Coyotes - Joseph (3-3-0, 1, 2.37); David LeNeveu (1-3-1, 3.39).

SEASON SERIES: Coyotes, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 17; Coyotes, 2-0. At Calgary, Alberta, Mike Ricci scored with 7:14 left in the third period to break the scoreless tie, and Boyd Devereaux added an empty net goal with 36 seconds left.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 2-5-0 on the road; Coyotes - 2-1-1 at home.

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