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
View from Calgary
For the Flames' perspective, be sure to check out Matchsticks and Gasoline
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
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.