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GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (21-35-18-6) at Calgary Flames (40-29-7-3).

TIME: Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Calgary Flames look to move a step closer to securing their first postseason berth in eight years when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Calgary, which last made the playoffs in 1996, is one of four teams vying for the three remaining berths in the Western Conference.

The Flames, however, have the most points among those clubs and are in the best position to earn a playoff spot with three games remaining.

Calgary won for the second time in three outings Saturday, beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Shean Donovan's goal 1:06 into overtime.

With the win, the Flames reached the 90-point plateau for the first time since recording 97 in 1993-94.

"Ninety points is big, but we haven't clinched it, maybe it will take 92 or more, but it's a step in that direction and it does feel good," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said.

Donovan led a two-on-one rush with Craig Conroy and opted to hold the puck until the last second before firing a wrist shot past Kings goalie Cristobal Huet.

"My passing has been working better than my shooting lately but I ended up coming in so close, there was no way I could pass so I just took a shot," Donovan said. "It was pretty exciting."

The Flames have dominated the Coyotes this season, outscoring them 10-3 in three wins. Calgary, which has won five straight over Phoenix, hasn't swept the season series since 1993-94 when the Coyotes were the Winnipeg Jets.

Phoenix's poor play continued Monday with a 6-1 road loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes have been outscored 17-3 in dropping four straight, and are 1-12-4-3 in their last 20 games.

"You've got to give Vancouver credit, they've got a good team over there and they're playing well and they gave it to us tonight," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who stayed in the game despite taking a deflected slap shot off the cheek midway through the first period.

Phoenix concludes its regular season Saturday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

STANDINGS: Coyotes - 66 points, 5th place, 34 PB, Pacific Division. Flames - 90 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Doan, 27 goals, 41 assists and 68 points; Andrei Nazarov, 125 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 39 goals and 71 points; Conroy, 38 assists; Krzysztof Oliwa, 247 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 29): Coyotes - Power play: 14.3 percent (50 for 350), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (322 for 392), 23rd. Flames - Power play: 15.2 percent (52 for 343), 21st. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent (285 for 336), 10th.

GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Brian Boucher (9-19-10, 5 SO, 2.79 GAA); Brent Johnson (5-8-2, 1, 2.61). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (22-10-4, 3, 1.73); Roman Turek (6-10-0, 3, 2.35).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: Last Wednesday; Flames, 4-0. At Phoenix, Iginla and Conroy each had a goal and an assist, and Turek made 22 saves for his second straight shutout.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 11-16-11-2 on the road; Flames - 20-14-5-1 at home.

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