NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 8th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (21-18-1) at Calgary Flames (22-14-7), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Phoenix has finally hit its stride at home, Now the Coyotes
will aim to continue their winning ways on the road tonight, as they are set
to battle the Calgary Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Phoenix has won four straight games overall, including three in a row at home
to push its mark as the host to 8-10-1. The Coyotes have also claimed
victory in five straight as the visitor for the second time this season and
hold a 13-8-0 road mark this season. The club won just 13 games away from home
in all of last season.
The Coyotes last loss on the road came on December 13 against the New York
Phoenix is currently on its third four-game winning streak of the season and
is trying to win five straight for the first time since a seven-game run from
December 28-January 9 of last season.
The Coyotes extended their streak on Saturday, downing Anaheim, 3-2, in a
shootout. Peter Mueller scored the lone goal in the extra session, using a
quick snap shot that sailed past Jean-Sebastien Giguere low on the right side.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all three Ducks shooters and ended with 29 saves in
defeating his former team for the second time this year. Bryzgalov is now
12-8-1 since being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on November 17.
Shane Doan and Steven Reinprecht tallied in regulation, and Mueller also added
an assist for the Coyotes. Doan, the Coyotes' leading scorer with 34 points,
returned after missing one game with a hand injury, while Reinprecht has five
goals and an assist over his last four games.
Phoenix begins a four-game road trip tonight and will also play in Edmonton,
Vancouver and Minnesota on the tour.
Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky will coach his 200th game tonight, but is
just 88-100-11 behind the bench for Phoenix.
Calgary is on an impressive run of its own, as the Flames have won five in a
row and are 12-1-3 since December 4. Calgary, which leads Vancouver by one
point for first place in the Northwest Division, won six in a row from
The Flames blew a two-goal lead on Saturday in Los Angeles, but rallied back
for a 6-4 victory. Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius had a pair of goals
and an assist each.
Huselius has been on a tear over his last five games, posting six goals and
six assists in that span.
Jarome Iginla added his 32nd goal of the season, which is tied for second in
the NHL, and his two assists gave him 60 points on the season, also second in
the league. Iginla has seven goals during Calgary's run.
Robyn Regehr also scored for the surging Flames and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30
saves. Kiprusoff has won all five games during Calgary's win streak.
The Flames have won three in a row in the road and are 10-7-6 in Calgary this
year. The club also hosts the Islanders on Friday.
These two teams are meeting for the first time this year since the Flames took
three of four last year against the Coyotes. Calgary has also won five of six
and 11 of the last 14 against Phoenix, including three straight and six of the
last seven as the host.
01/08 10:46:02 ET