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GAME: Calgary Flames (8-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (8-8-2).

TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST.

Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff hopes to carry his strong play at home to the road when his team visits the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kiprusoff, who had the Flames within one win of the Stanley Cup in 2004, has been stellar in helping them win their last four games, all at home. He has stopped 84 of 88 shots in those contests while recording two shutouts.

Kiprusoff is 6-1-1 with a 1.12 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in eight starts at home, but only 2-5-1 with a 3.64 GAA and .872 save percentage on the road.

Rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored on the power play with 2:21 to play as the Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Monday.

"It took a lot of heart and desire and everybody did a great job," said Phaneuf, who also had two assists. "It's definitely a very big goal and anytime you get an opportunity on a power play, you have to go out there and produce."

The winning streak for Calgary comes right after a three-game road losing streak (0-2-1) that included a 3-2 defeat to Phoenix on Oct. 27.

Phoenix has won three of its last four games, including a 4-2 win at Minnesota on Tuesday. Curtis Joseph made 26 saves for his 403rd career victory, tying him with Coyotes goaltender coach Grant Fuhr for eighth on the all-time list.

"That's like trying to compare Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan," said Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky, who won four Stanley Cups in the 1980s playing with Fuhr. "They're both pretty special."

Joseph, who has the most victories of any goaltender not to win the Vezina Trophy, has won his last three starts. He's allowed only three goals on 89 shots in that stretch.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 9): Flames - 18 points, 2nd place (tied), 4 PB, Northwest Division. Coyotes - 18 points, 3rd place, 3 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 8 goals and 14 points; Roman Hamrlik, 8 assists; Darren McCarty, 42 PIM. Coyotes - Mike Leclerc, 8 goals; Paul Mara, 11 assists; Leclerc and Mara, 14 points; Tyson Nash, 40 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 9): Flames - Power play: 12.6 percent (14 for 111), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.5 percent (84 for 107), 25th. Coyotes - Power play: 19.1 percent (23 for 120), 13th. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (80 for 99), 19th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (8-6-2, 3 SO, 2.35 GAA); Philippe Sauve (0-1-0, 3.04). Coyotes - Joseph (7-4-0, 2, 2.12); David Leneveu (1-4-2, 3.10).

SEASON SERIES: Coyotes, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 27; Coyotes, 3-2. At Glendale, Ariz., Mike Comrie scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:28 to play to lead Phoenix.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 2-6-1 on the road; Coyotes - 4-2-1 at home.

Associated Press

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