February 24, 2013
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Season series: It's the second meeting between the teams this week. The Coyotes blanked the Flames 4-0 in Arizona on Feb. 18. The teams finish their three-game series back in Calgary on April 12.
Big story: The Coyotes complete a two-game swing through Alberta hoping for a better outcome than Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton -- a game they led 2-0 in the second period. The Flames are trying to build on Saturday night's 3-1 home win against Minnesota.
Coyotes: A 2-0 lead is usually money in the bank for the tight-checking Coyotes. But that wasn't the case on Saturday, when they saw their lead disappear on goals by Jordan Eberle and Teemu Hartikainen, then were beaten 2-0 in the tiebreaker.
The Coyotes had plenty of chances, but they hurt themselves by going 1-for-7 on the power play.
"It's disappointing," captain Shane Doan said. "Any time you have a lead 2-0 you expect to win. And unfortunately we didn't. We had opportunities on the power play and we didn't capitalize on them. We have to be better."
Flames: Calgary will be trying for back-to-back wins at Scotiabank Saddledome thanks to Matt Stajan, who scored the tiebreaking goal and added an empty-netter in the win against Minnesota. It was just the third victory in 10 home games for the Flames.
"For our team this season, this is huge," said Stajan, who had scored just once before Saturday night. "It's a short season, and we have to start winning games. That was a huge third period for us. It was a good team win and we'll go back at it tomorrow."
Who's hot: Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is 3-1-1 in his last five starts, allowing only 10 goals. Mikkel Boedker has points in the past three games. … Stajan now has three goals in his past four games.
Injury report: The Coyotes are shorthanded up front due to the absence of Radim Vrbata (lower body) and Martin Hanzal (upper body), both of whom are keys to the offense. Defensemen Derek Morris and David Schlemko are also out with lower-body injuries. … The Flames are still missing goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (lower body) and forwardsMikael Backlund (knee) and Paul Byron (hand).
Expected In Goal:
(Neither have been confirmed as of post time.)