NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 14th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (32-18-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-26-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Calgary's Mike Cammalleri will try to continue his torrid
scoring pace in the Flames' matchup tonight with the Phoenix Coyotes at
Cammalleri scored his club-leading 29th goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over the
Los Angeles Kings. He now has 15 goals over his last 15 games, while the
Flames improved to 15-5-1 this year when Cammalleri lights the lamp.
The 26-year-old winger has 11 goals and 14 assists in 32 career games versus
the Coyotes, including two goals against them this year. Cammalleri is just
five goals shy of the career-high 34 he posted over 81 games in 2006-07 with
Cammalleri's torrid run comes with Jarome Iginla having not scored in any of
his past six games, his second-longest scoring drought of the season. Calgary
is 2-3-1 in that span and Iginla is second on the club with 20 goals.
In Thursday's win, Miikka Kiprusoff turned away 36 shots for his fourth
shutout of the season and 30th of his career. Rene Bourque also lit the lamp
in the win while Todd Bertuzzi had an assist for the Flames, who have won two
of three overall following a season-worst four-game skid.
Calgary also snapped a four-game road losing streak in Thursday's win and is
12-11-2 as the guest this year. The club ends a three-game road trip tonight
before hosting Vancouver on Tuesday. The Flames own a nine-point edge over
the second-place Canucks in the Northwest standings.
Phoenix didn't do Calgary any favors on Thursday, as it blew a 3-1 third-
period edge and lost to the Canucks, 4-3. Enver Lisin, Steven Reinprecht and
Derek Morris each had a goal for the Coyotes, who have lost seven of their
last eight games. Ilya Bryzgalov was beaten four times on 32 shots in defeat.
Phoenix, which is four points out of a playoff spot, shook up its roster
on Thursday, assigning 2007 third-overall pick Kyle Turris to San Antonio of
the American Hockey League while recalling defenseman David Schlemko. The 19-
year-old Turris had six goals and 10 assists in 50 games this year and was a
Phoenix has lost four straight at home and plays the second test of a four-
game residency tonight. The Coyotes are 16-10-2 as the host club this year.
The Coyotes lost a 4-1 decision to the Flames at home on October 25, but has
since posted back-to-back wins in Calgary to snap a four-game series losing
streak. Phoenix has still lost three straight, five of six and eight of its
last 10 at home versus Calgary.
02/14 11:02:37 ET