By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will try to stretch their point streak to five games tonight when they play the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. (Arizona time).
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Phoenix, which is 3-0-1 in its past four games, will enter the match in sixth place in the Western Conference standings with 12 games left in the regular season.
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Tonight's game will be the fourth of four against Calgary this season for Phoenix (36-23-11), which has won the first three by a combined score of 11-5.
, who has stopped 109 of 114 shots vs. the Flames this season, is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Bryzgalov ranks seventh in the NHL with 30 victories.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan
will try to extend his point streak to five games. Doan notched a goal and two assists in Phoenix's 5-2 win over Anaheim on Sunday night in the first game game of a four-game trip.
The Coyotes are hoping defenseman Rostislav Klesla
will return to the lineup for this game. Klesla has not played since being struck in the face with a shot against Vancouver on March 8. Meanwhile, center Andrew Ebbett
, who left Sunday's game because of an upper-body injury, practiced Monday and should be OK to play.
Calgary (36-26-9), which has lost two games in a row, will enter the matchup in eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Flames have the second best home record in the conference at 21-11-4 for 46 points.
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Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who did not play in Calgary's 3-0 loss to the Coyotes last week, is expected to play in his NHL-leading 62nd game of the season tonight.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla will be looking to snap a three-game goal-less drought. Despite the mini-slump, Iginla still ranks ninth in the NHL with 30 goals and 11th with 67 points. Iginla doesn't have a point in the three losses to Phoenix this season.
Calgary is thin at center. David Moss, who has been filling in for injured Brendan Morrison on the No. 1 line, hurt his right leg during Monday’s practice and will not play tonight. Olli Jokinen missed Monday's practice because of the flu.
Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is poised to set the record for consecutive games played by an NHL defenseman -- he enters Tuesday's game tied with Karlis Skrastins with 495.