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GDT: Coyotes look to rebound against the Flames

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Coyotes prepare to face a hot Calgary Flames team as they look to right the ship.

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Game Preview

Well that’s a game that we can all stand to forget. The Arizona Coyotes spoiled Antti Raanta’s return from injured reserve, giving up 5 goals including 2 short handed goals. The Coyotes started their 5 game homestand with a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators, but things seem to have come off the rails since then and the team is 0-2-1 in their last 3 games. In the final game of their 5 game homestand the team is going to need to find a way to turn things around and build some momentum for a tough 2 game road trip.

The Coyotes lack of offense is definitely a problem as of late, especially since their defense hasn’t been able to weather the storm. The blue line has been hit pretty hard by injuries and its not going to end anytime soon. The team has gotten back Jakob Chychrun and Alex Goligoski which is good, but the team is really struggling since losing Jason Demers. With Demers out, the team is going to have to find someone who can eat up the big minutes with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the top pairing. The team has a few candidates who can fill that spot, but its going to take time to build that same chemistry.

Calgary is playing much better then most people expected this season. They are currently second in a weak Pacific Division and have won 3 of their past 5 games. Included in that are 7-2 and 6-3 wins against the Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets respectively, but also a 2-0 loss to the Golden Knights. The Pacific Division is pretty much a toss up this season, the Anaheim Ducks are third in the Pacific, so its tough to predict how Calgary will finish this season.

This season Calgary has been getting a lot of offense, with 75 goals they are 9th in the league. A good sign for the Flames is that they aren’t giving up too much and are 13th in the league with 67 goals against. Key to the Flames success has been their younger players. Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm all have over 10 goals this season, and Johnny Gaudreau has 8 goals and 18 assists. The Flames are young, fast, and can score goals, and should make for a tough matchup.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Dylan Strome - Strome had the lone goal in the Coyotes 5-1 loss to the Avalanche with a power play goal.

Calgary: Matthew Tkachuk - Tkachuk had a goal and an assist against the Jets and leads the Flames in goals and assists. Three years in Calgary seems poised to have the best season of his short career.

Injuries

Arizona: Darcy Kuemper (doubful, lower body), Josh Archibald (suspension), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

Calgary: Michael Stone (arm), Michael Frolik (lower body)

Poll

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