By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will open a brief two-game homestand tonight when they host the Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).
Phoenix (30-18-5) will attempt to build off the momentum gained by rallying to beat Detroit 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. The comeback was extraordinary in that the Coyotes trailed 4-2 with less than two minutes to play.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett is eager to see how his team responds to the dramatic victory.
"Wins like that can spur your team along and that's what we’re hoping for," Tippett said. "Every point is just so valuable right now."
Ilya Bryzgalov did not practice with teammates on Wednesday but is expected to be in goal tonight. Bryzgalov earned his career-high 27th victory on Tuesday, despite allowing four goals.
Calgary (26-20-7) enters the game winless in its past eight games (0-6-2) and clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 59 points.
The Flames played Wednesday night in Dallas and lost 4-3 in a shootout after leading 3-1.
"It was a tough loss, but it's a point in the right direction," Flames captain Jarome Iginla told reporters. "For two periods, we played really good."
Calgary has played 10 sets of back-to-back games this season and has won six of the games played the second night.
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff played in Dallas on Wednesday. Flames backup goalie Curtis McElhinney last played on Jan. 18 in relief of Kiprusoff in a 9-1 loss at San Jose.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan has notched 10 points in the past five games, including three assists and the game-winning overtime goal on Tuesday night in Detroit.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss at Dallas on Wednesday night. He leads his team in goals (22) and assists (24).
Coyotes center Martin Hanzal played under Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter for one season with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League and credits Sutter's coaching for helping him reach the NHL so quickly.
This is the third game between these teams this season. The home team has won the first two by a score of 2-1.
Captains Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla were once teammates with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League and won the Memorial Cup together in 1994-95. They were both chosen in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Doan was taken seventh overall and Iginla was taken 11th. They remain good friends.
"I think we’ve got to use it as a springboard, and ride that emotion and that excitement from that win (on Tuesday night) into the game against Calgary."