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Arizona Coyotes look to get back in the win column in Calgary

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The Coyotes are looking for their second win in ten games. Can they do it against the Calgary Flames?

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette celebrate after a goal
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette celebrate after a goal
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Time for the Arizona Coyotes to try and right the ship once again when they head into Calgary to meet the fizzling Flames. After the outing in Vancouver, we can only hope they can keep a lead if they get it.

Matchup at a Glance

Arizona Coyotes Calgary Flames
Points 63 (5th Pacific) 61 (6th Pacific)
Goals For 2.63 (T-17th) 2.67 (13th)
Goals Against 3.12 (30th) 3.09 (29th)
Power Play 18.5% (15th) 15.7% (28th)
Penalty Kill 77.9% (26th) 74.2% (29th)
5v5 Corsi For 47.3% (27th) 47.9% (22nd)
PDO 100.1 (14th) 99.4 (22nd)

View from Arizona

Things in Arizona are starting to look a little more bleak, as Arizona was only able to puck up one point in Vancouver. Coughing up another two goal lead -including a quintessential Radim Vrbata goal that someone didn't clue Domingue in on how to stop-is getting tiring.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still day-to-day with a bruised shoulder, hopefully they will get him back at some point soon.

Alex Tanguay continues to prove that the trade out of Colorado was exactly what he needed to get going again. He picked up two more assists against Vancouver.

View from Calgary

For the Flames' perspective, be sure to check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Calgary is coming off a 3-2 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators in which Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals in ten seconds in the first period. The Flames are 2-8-2 in their last ten games, putting them in a similar boat as the Coyotes.

Young goalie Joni Ortio has gotten the nod as starter against the Coyotes. He is 2-6-3 with a .889 save percentage and a 2.92 goals against. This should make Coyotes Nation feel a little more at ease than with Jonas Hiller in net.

This isn't last year's Calgary Flames, getting into the playoffs on a wing and prayer. They do still have some bark of the team from last year, but most of the bite is gone.

Keys to the Game

1. Stay Out Of The Box- The Coyotes have to stay out of the box. They are not strong enough on the PK to allow a parade to the penalty box. Domingue can only do so much and can only stop what he sees.

2. The New Guys- The new guys are starting to click with the line up. Alex Tanguay has five points in three games with the Coyotes. Sergei Plotnikov is starting to look settled within the lineup as well. Jiri Sekac has looked good as well, when in the line up. Get the new guys going, things will click.

3. Finish Up Strong- This season has been up and down at the best of times. Down the stretch they need to keep battling and keep making people look at the team in a positive light. Don't let the last six weeks bring everything down to 'Auston will be ours...maybe.' Ain't nobody got time for that.

Players to Watch

For the Coyotes, keep an eye on Alex Tanguay. He is racking up the points with the French Connection line with Antoine Vermette and Anthony Duclair. As I said before, he has five points in three games with the Coyotes. If he can start clicking with the team, it will be a major upside for fans. It will also be good for his UFA status this summer.

For the Flames, keep an eye on Sean Monahan. He has 13 points in his last 9 games. With Monahan heating up, the Coyotes will have their hands full with a very skilled young player. He is a smart playmaker and seems to always find the open man. Keeping him covered or off the score sheet is a win.

Injury Report

The Coyotes injury report reads the same as it did versus the Canucks. With Joe Vitale and Anders Lindback done for the season, the day-to-day or waiting for returns are just Oliver Ekman-Larsson (who is dealing with a Bruised Shoulder) and Mike Smith (12 weeks since surgery).

The Flames are depleted a bit with injuries that are seemingly day-to-day for Sam Bennett, T.J. Brodie and Deryk Engelland. They have lost Ladislav Smid long term with an upper body injury and Kari Ramo for the season with a torn ACL.

Puck Drop

Tonight's game begins at 7 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on 98.7 FM.