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Monday, October 17th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (1-4-1) at Calgary Flames (2-3-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames try to continue their recent mastery of the Phoenix Coyotes this evening when the two face off at Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Flames swept the four-game season series in 2003-04 and have won the last six matchups. The Coyotes have also dropped their last three games in Calgary after going unbeaten in 10 games there.

Calgary comes into tonight's tilt on a winning note after Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season in the Flames' 3-0 home-win over Edmonton on Saturday.

Kiprusoff turned aside nine shots in the first period, 15 in the second and nine more in the third to post his eighth career shutout.

Daymond Langkow, Jarome Iginla and Rhett Warrener all scored for the Flames, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.

Calgary, which is just 3-for-38 on the power play this season, is in the midst of a four-game homestand and is 1-0-1 in its arena this year.

Meanwhile, Wayne Gretzky's club suffered yet another setback on Saturday, as Phoenix was blanked 2-0 by the Detroit Red Wings at Glendale Arena.

Curtis Joseph made 18 saves for the Coyotes, who fell for the fifth time in six contests this season. It was also the first time Phoenix was shutout this year.

To make matters worse, Coyotes' forward Brett Hull announced his retirement, effective immediately, prior to the game. Hull, who ended his career as the third-leading goal-scorer in league history, had recorded just one assist in five games this season.

On the injury front, defenseman Denis Gauthier is expected to miss at least the next three games with an injured finger. He was injured when Detroit's Brendan Shanahan slammed him into the boards during the second period of Saturday night's loss.

Phoenix, which has lost all three of its road games this season, will be starting a four-game trip tonight that will also see it visit Edmonton Vancouver and Anaheim.

10/17 10:23:04 ET


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