Coyotes vs. Flames - Keeping the Fire Extinguishers at the Ready

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes makes a save on the shot as Rene Bourque #17 and David Moss #25 of the Calgary Flames skate in during the third period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Flames 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes begin their first skirmish in their final Battle of Alberta Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames.  After shutting them out 3-0 at Jobing.com arena, they will have to face this team in one of the toughest places to play - the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames have lost two in a row, including a tough 4-3 loss against Vancouver where they were up 2-0 in the first period.  The Coyotes by contrast have won two straight collecting five points in six games.

Will the Coyotes prevail by taking yet another two points from a Western Conference rival?

The Flames have had the second best record in the Western Conference since December 23 collecting 50 points.  Before facing Vancouver they had an amazing 22-9-6 stretch that was sparked in part by a front office change when former General Manager Daryl Sutter stepped down.

After a slow start, Flames captain Jerome Iginla has found his game running up 67 points (30G 37A) which puts him squarely in the top ten in the NHL with goals scored at 8th and 11th in assists.  

Curtis Glencross is considered by many to be a very streaky player.   Howeve in the last six games, he has scored three game winning goals, two in regulation and one in the shootout.

The Flames have the second best home record in the Western Conference running 21-11-4.  The Saddledome is a real tough place to play as the fans are intense and very, very loud.

As the Flames have lost two in a row, the Coyotes have won two in a row, with one victory coming at the expense of a Flames' shutout.  The Coyotes have been a streaky team but they have been able to put consecutive wins together at the right times and avoid losing streaks that could cost them a playoff spot.

Coyotes' Captain Shane Doan has led the charge once again for the Coyotes.  Currently, he is on a four-game point streak scoring three goals and three assists with a plus-6 rating.

Lauri Korpikoski has emerged as one of the true scoring threats for the Coyotes' attack.  Doan characterized him as a very "creative" player and Todd Marchant and Lubomir Visnovsky of the Anaheim Ducks would most likely agree.

The Coyotes have a solid 19-12-5 record on the road and to cement their push into the post season, earning two more points against the Flames will do nicely.  

What would they need to do?

  • Withstand the Flames' onslaught during the first ten minutes of the game.  Against Vancouver, the third and fourth lines carried the scoring potting two goals in the first five minutes.  With the loss against Vancouver, they will be amped up again.
  • Score first to take the Flames' crowd out of the game.
  • Win the face-off battle so that they can control the puck.
  • Win the specialty team battle.  The Flames are only 11th in the NHL in PP and 15th in PK.
  • Play a solid defensive game limiting Iginla's chances and keeping the third and fourth lines in check.

Starting Goaltenders


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ilya Bryzgalov 57 3388 30 17 145 2.57 1782 1637 .919 6

 


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Miikka Kiprusoff 61 3602 32 21 155 2.58 1684 1529 .908 6

 

Key Players


Lauri Korpikoski

#28 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-1

196

Jul 28, 1986


 


G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Lauri Korpikoski 17 17 34 14 16



Curtis Glencross

#20 / Left Wing / Calgary Flames

6-1

195

Dec 28, 1982


 


G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Curtis Glencross 22 16 38 5 59


Injuries

 


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Vernon Fiddler other-excused 03/15/2011
Martin Hanzal other-excused 03/15/2011
Rostislav Klesla head 03/15/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ed Jovanovski other-excused 02/18/2011

 


Calgary Flames Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Olli Jokinen other-excused 03/15/2011

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Moss ankle 03/15/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Raitis Ivanans concussion 10/08/2010
Daymond Langkow other-excused 09/27/2010
Adam Pardy shoulder 02/08/2011


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