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Wednesday, April 5th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (36-35-4) at Calgary Flames (42-24-9), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The first-place Calgary Flames will try to get back in the win column tonight, as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Saddledome.

The Flames have 93 points and hold a three-point edge over Colorado for first place.

Calgary had won three straight before dropping a close decision against visiting Detroit on Monday. Chris Osgood made 27 saves and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to lead the Red Wings to the 2-1 win.

Dion Phaneuf scored in regulation for the Flames and Miikka Kiprusoff was impressive in defeat, stopping 41-of-42 shots.

Tonight marks the middle segment of a three-game homestand for the Flames, who are 26-7-4 as the host this season.

The Coyotes also had a three-game winning streak halted Monday in Edmonton. Sergei Samsonov and Marc-Andre Bergeron both tallied a goal and two assists for Edmonton, which cruised past Phoenix, 7-1.

Keith Ballard and Mike Johnson assisted on Mike Comrie's first-period goal, the only tally of the contest for the Coyotes.

Phoenix's playoff hopes are fading, as the Coyotes are 11 points behind Vancouver.

Curtis Joseph had a tough time in net for the Coyotes as he allowed six goals on 25 shots in two periods before being replaced by David LeNeveu at the start of the third period. LeNeveu stopped 10-of-11 shots in the third period.

The Coyotes, who are 18-18-1 as the visiting team this season, complete a four-game swing tonight.

Phoenix has won two of three meetings with the Flames this season. However, Calgary has been victorious in seven of the last nine encounters.

04/05 10:30:23 ET

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