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GDT Game 33: Coyotes return home to host Flames

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After winning three of their four road games, the Coyotes are back in the desert for their next three games.

Calgary Flames v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Game Preview

Things looked bleak for the Arizona Coyotes in their last game against the Chicago Blackhawks. They were done 3-1 after the first, and while they weren’t playing bad, they weren’t exactly dominant.

Sunday would prove what a difference an effective power play can make. The team managed to come back from a 3-1 deficit with two power play goals in the second just over two minutes apart. Conor Garland would get his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 6:32, and Carl Soderberg would score his ninth at 8:53, both on the power play.

The Coyotes had quite a few opportunities on the power play. Chicago gave the Coyotes six opportunities, including one in overtime, which can be a sign that the Coyotes were controlling the play. While not a perfect correlation, if you are frustrating a team so much they are going to take a penalty you probably are doing something right.

With another two points, the Coyotes are again tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the lead of the Pacific Division. Much of the Coyotes’ success has come on the road, but they need to get things going at home as well.

After a tough start for the Calgary Flames, they are back in the hunt for a playoff spot. With 36 points in 32 games, Calgary leap-frogged the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks to third in the Pacific Division

The last time these two teams met things got physical. Darcy Kuemper took offense to Matthew Tkachuk taking a shot on a downed Jason Demers, and the body slam heard around the world happened.

While the Coyotes had to travel from Chicago yesterday, the Flames had it even worse. The Flames were in Colorado last night, a game they won 5-4 in overtime. Calgary has won their last five games, and have points in their last seven.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Carl Soderberg - Soderberg had a goal and an assist in the Coyotes last game against the Blackhawks with both points coming on the power play. He is currently second on the team in goals and tied for fourth on the team in points. Last time the Coyotes played Calgary Soderberg registered a goal.

Calgary: Matthew Tkachuk - Love him or hate him, Tkachuk has an impact on the ice. Against the Avalanche he had a goal and an assist and has seven points in his last six games.

Injuries

Arizona: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg)

Calgary: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

Puck Drop

Tonight’s game will be at 7:00 pm Arizona time in Arizona and will air on SN1, Fox Sports Arizona, and Fox Sports 910 AM.