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Saturday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (15-11-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (12-18-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames continue their six-game road trip this evening when they travel to the desert to battle the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

The Flames began their swing Thursday evening in Vancouver and were handed a 3-1 setback by the Canucks. Henrik Sedin's goal late in the second period was the difference for Vancouver.

Matt Lombardi provided the only goal of the game for the Flames, who had a two-game win streak broken. Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves in a losing cause.

The Flames dropped to just 3-8-3 as the visiting team this season. They will continue the trek Monday in Anaheim.

Phoenix will aim for back-to-back victories tonight after downing the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Mike Comrie scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the visiting Jackets.

Comrie also scored in regulation, along with Derek Morris, Ed Jovanovski and Owen Nolan for Phoenix, which won for the first time in four games (1-2-1). Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals on 25 shots in the win.

The Coyotes have 25 points this season and are 31 behind Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division.

Tonight marks the second portion of a four-game homestand for the Coyotes, who are 9-6-1 as the host this season.

Calgary has won three straight and nine of the last 11 meetings between the clubs, including a 6-1 rout at the Saddledome in October. The Flames have also emerged victorious in four of their last five visits to Phoenix.

12/16 10:49:28 ET

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