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Flames hope to bring momentum to Phoenix

by Corey Masisak

FLAMES (5-5-3) at COYOTES (7-6-2)


Last 10: Calgary 5-3-2; Phoenix 6-2-2.

Season series: This is the first meeting. The teams split the season series in 2011-12, but the Flames claimed at least a point in all four contests (2-0-2). Phoenix had won six straight against Calgary before the Flames won the final two matchups of last season.

Big story: Both teams are trying to climb closer to the top eight of the Western Conference

Team scope:

Flames: Calgary appeared to be headed for a fourth loss in five games, but the Flames rallied for a 4-3 victory Saturday night against the Dallas Stars. They have defeated the Stars twice in the past week, and have now scored at least four goals in four of their past seven games.

Michael Cammalleri's return from injury has been a boost to the offense. He tallied four goals in the two victories against the Stars, giving Calgary five players with at least four goals. Joey MacDonald made his first start for the Flames since being added via waivers, and stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Coyotes: Save for one bad night against the League-leading Chicago Blackhawks, February has been a pretty good month for Phoenix. After a slow start to the season, the Coyotes have stabilized with a 5-2-1 stretch to start the month.

Goaltender Mike Smith has won three of his past four starts, and allowed only eight goals in those contests. He was injured earlier in the season after two substandard outings to open the season, but Smith has a 2.30 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in his eight appearances this month.

Who's hot: Defenseman Dennis Wideman has at least one point in seven of his past nine games, and three goals during that span. Martin Hanzal had two goals and an assist in Phoenix's last game, a 5-3 win against Columbus. Hanzal has six goals and eight points in his past eight games.

Injury report: The Flames have five guys -- goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), and forwards Mikael Backlund (knee), Sven Baertschi (hip), Lance Bouma (knee) and Paul Byron (hand) -- on injured reserve. Center Radim Vrbata (lower body) and defenseman Derek Morris (upper body) are both questionable for the game against Calgary. … Defenseman David Schlemko (shoulder) and forward Matthew Lombardi (upper body) are both out for the Coyotes.

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