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Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 7:16 PM | Dave Vest

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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames

COYOTES (16-7-4) at FLAMES (9-13-4)

Season series: This is the second of five games. Mike Ribeiro scored twice to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-2 home win against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 22.

Big story: Phoenix goalie Mike Smith bounced back from a run of bad games to get the win in the Coyotes' 6-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. He had allowed three or more goals in six straight games (22 total), the longest such streak of his career. Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots, including 17 in the third period, against Edmonton.

Team Scope:

Coyotes: Phoenix got goals from six different players against the Oilers on Tuesday in the first game of a four-game rip that includes three games in Western Canada and ends against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 10.

"Obviously after the Chicago game, we wanted to make sure we came out and played more to our identity, especially on the road," said Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett. "We're starting a tough trip, we wanted to come in and play well tonight. I thought for the most part, we did a lot of good things."

Backup goalie Thomas Greiss will start in net against the Flames. Greiss is 0-1-0 vs. Calgary with a 3.10 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.

Greiss has won his first three starts this season and stopped 100 of 106 shots in those games (.943 save percentage).

Forward Radim Vrbata will enter the game with a five-game point streak and now leads the team in scoring with 24 points in 25 games. Vrbata, who has nine goals and 15 assists, is off to the best 25-game start in his 12-year NHL career.

The Coyotes will be looking to stay focussed against the Flames, who did not play on Tuesday night while Phoenix was battling Edmonton.

"I think any time you play back-to-back games you try to keep your shifts short early, try to get into the game and really try to keep it simple early on," forward David Moss said.

Flames: Defenseman Mark Giordano said he "felt real good" after participating in full-contact drills at practice Tuesday for the first time since he sustained a broken ankle Oct. 21 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Giordano has missed 18 games. Calgary has gone 5-11-2 in his absence.

Giordano will be re-evaluated after the morning skate Wednesday, at which point the team will decide if he's ready to play against the Coyotes. He was paired with Chris Butler at practice Tuesday.

Calgary has not played since Saturday, when they rallied for a 2-1 win against the Kings in L.A. It was the second time this season the Flames beat the Kings on a goal with less than a minute remaining in the third period. Mike Cammalleri was the hero this time.

Coach Bob Hartley announced Tuesday that Karri Ramo will start in goal against Phoenix.

Who's hot: Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker has five points (three goals) in his past four games. He and Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists against Edmonton. … Flames right wing David Jones has four points (two goals) his past five games.

Injury report: Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower body) and wing Lauri Korpikoski (upper body) made the road trip, and are day-to-day... In addition to Giordano, forward TJ Galiardi (back spasms) is considered day-to-day. Defenseman Dennis Wideman (broken hand) and forwards Sean Monahan (broken foot) and Curtis Glencross (knee) are out.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '14 CGY 2 at PHX 3 S. Doan
Jan 22 '14 PHX 2 at CGY 3 M. Stajan
Jan 07 '14 CGY 0 at PHX 6 S. Doan
Dec 04 '13 PHX 1 at CGY 4 M. Backlund
Oct 22 '13 CGY 2 at PHX 4 M. Ribeiro
R. Vrbata2691524-1832
S. Doan27121123+1862
M. Hanzal2581422-13321
M. Ribeiro2881321-21421
O. Ekman-Larsson2841519+81223
K. Yandle2831619-61210
M. Boedker2871118-21220
A. Vermette286915+51610
D. Morris214913+41000
R. Klinkhammer285510+12601
D. Moss282810+2400
M. Stone22718-5821
L. Korpikoski18437+01200
K. Chipchura28246-62500
T. Kennedy13156+2200
D. Schlemko20145-1800
Z. Michalek20044+91000
P. Bissonnette16044+31100
R. Klesla15123-11000
J. Halpern17112-61000
A. Miele4022+2500
J. Szwarz12101-41700
C. Murphy5101+1601
D. Rundblad9011-3400
C. Brown5000+01700
L. Lessio3000-2200
B. Yip2000+0000
M. Smith2413-6-4707863.02.911
T. Greiss73-2-0131582.42.918
J. Hudler2771825-2410
S. Monahan249615-7221
M. Cammalleri2010414-11822
K. Russell2731013+5411
L. Stempniak205712-121600
M. Stajan194812-71400
D. Wideman2421012-6810
D. Jones236511-11010
M. Giordano93811-2820
T. Brodie273710-7411
C. Glencross15549-4612
M. Backlund26369-41001
S. Baertschi23279-3610
J. Colborne26358-3600
L. Bouma24246+31500
T. Galiardi22156-41200
C. Butler27145-141000
L. Smid27123-103900
B. Jones5202+1000
S. O'Brien23022+04000
C. Billins2022-1000
T. Jackman10101-14100
B. McGrattan25011-22900
D. Smith10011-4000
B. Street8011-2200
P. Byron2011+1000
M. Reinhart4000+1200
C. Breen3000-2500
R. Horak1000+0000
K. Ramo114-4-1292843.00.898
R. Berra113-6-2373293.51.888
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