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Monday, February 26th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (26-32-3) at Calgary Flames (32-21-9), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will continue their push for the postseason tonight, when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Flames have 73 points and are currently clinging to the eighth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference. Edmonton is in ninth place and seven points behind Calgary.

Calgary ended a two-game slide on Saturday by defeating the visiting San Jose Sharks. Jarome Iginla scored two goals and added two assists to help the Flames earn the 7-4 victory.

Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist and Alex Tanguay and Roman Hamrlik each added three helpers for the Flames, who had lost three of four coming into the game.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots in the win for Calgary.

Tonight marks the middle portion of a three-game homestand for the Flames, who have a superb record of 25-6-1 as the host club this year.

The Coyotes haven't played since Thursday evening, when they notched a home win over the Flames. Shane Doan scored the game-winner in overtime, as Phoenix edged Calgary, 3-2.

Off a turnover at the blue line, Doan nabbed the puck and surged into the Calgary zone, where he ripped a wrist shot from the middle of the left circle that skipped through the five-hole of Kiprusoff just 54 seconds in.

Oleg Saprykin and Steven Reinprecht also tallied for the Coyotes, who snapped a six-game slide in which they were outscored 27-13. Mikael Tellqvist made 29 saves between the pipes for Phoenix.

Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski missed Thursday's game with an abdominal injury and isn't expected to play tonight.

The Coyotes, who are just 12-19-1 as the visiting team this year, begin a three-game road trip tonight.

Calgary has taken two of the three encounters with the Coyotes this year and has been victorious in 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

02/26 10:33:58 ET


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