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Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes Preview: Every Point Matters

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Calgary Flames (18-18-5) at Arizona Coyotes (20-17-2)

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Starting Time/Venue: 7 p.m. MST at Mullett Arena in Tempe, AZ


To conclude a five-game homestand, the Arizona Coyotes clash with the Calgary Flames as both teams are on the outside looking in for the two Western Conference wildcard spots before the NHL All-Star Break.

The Coyotes broke a three-game losing streak as they defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday.

Nick Schmaltz scored the game-winner, his third goal in three-straight contests and Connor Ingram made 30 saves in the victory.

From the first whistle onwards, both Boston and Arizona had back-and-forth chances down both sides of the ice, with multiple posts and crucial saves by Ingram and Linus Ullmark. Ullmark suffered a lower-body injury in overtime before Schmaltz’s goal.

With only a single point dividing the Coyotes (42) and Flames (41), Calgary are storming into Tempe after a resounding, comeback victory.

Calgary were down 3-2 going into the third period against the Ottawa Senators, but strung together four unanswered goals as the Flames went on to win 6-3 on Jan. 9. Flames leading scorer Blake Coleman registered two goals.

After being off to a slow start to the season under new head coach Ryan Huska, the Flames are right back in the thick of the playoff race, going 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

The Flames hold the third-worst power play in the NHL, converting 12.4% of the time on the man advantage. In contrast, they have the seventh-best penalty kill in the league (83.9%).

As both teams are coming off of separate victories, this is a must-win matchup for these two former Pacific Division foes as they try to preserve their playoff aspirations.


Last season, the Coyotes were 1-2 against Calgary in a three-game regular season series.

In Calgary, Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists as the Flames beat Arizona 3-2 on Dec. 5, 2022.

Heading over to Mullett Arena, five different Flames recorded two-point nights as they crushed the ‘Yotes 6-3 on Feb. 23, 2023.

Travis Boyd would then bury a rebound to help Arizona claim a win 4-3 win in overtime on Mar. 14, 2023.

The Coyotes are 85-100-20-5 all-time against the Flames in franchise history

Key Stats


Coyotes – LW Lawson Crouse: 16

Flames – C Blake Coleman: 17


Coyotes – LW Matias Maccelli: 21

Flames – C Nazem Kadri: 19


Coyotes – RW Clayton Keller: 34 (14 goals, 20 assists)

Flames – C Blake Coleman: 32 (17 goals, 15 assists)


Arizona Coyotes: C Barrett Hayton (upper body – IR), C Vladislav Kolyachonok (lower body – IR), C Travis Boyd (upper body – IR)

Calgary Flames: D Dennis Gilbert (upper body- OUT), D Jeremie Poirier (arm – OUT), D Oliver Kylington (personal reasons – IR)

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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