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