Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES AT PHOENIX COYOTES

TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

The Flames will try to take their recent home performance on the road. Having won four straight in their Saddledome homestand, they'll try to snap a three-game road winless skid.

Phoenix's three-goal first period set the tone for a 4-2 win over Minnesota Tuesday. The Coyotes have posted a 3-0-1 record in November.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Phoenix has taken a pair of games from the Flames this season. First came a 2-0 win at the Saddledome in mid-October and then a 3-2 game Oct. 27 in the desert. All-time in Phoenix, the Flames have a 5-9-2-1 record but Calgary did win three straight there prior to the last meeting.

WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- Rookie D Dion Phaneuf has two goals and four assists in his last five games. He's coming off his first career three-point game.

* COYOTES -- LW Mike Leclerc is leading the Desert Dogs in scoring with 14 points (8-6-14) and has four goals and two assists in his last five games.

WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- D Jordan Leopold is still looking for his first point of the season, while LW Tony Amonte has an eight-game goal drought, with only one in 13 games.

* COYOTES -- Former Flames D Derek Morris has only two assists in his last 10 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 12.6% (14-111, 28th); Phoenix 19.1% (23-120, 13th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 78.5% (25th); Phoenix 80.8% (19th).

INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- LW Chris Simon (ribs) is ready to go after missing five games. D Bryan Marchment (ribs) practised yesterday but is still a couple of days away from returning to action. C Matthew Lombardi (ankle) remains on the shelf.

* COYOTES -- G Brian Boucher (groin) is in the minors on a conditioning assignment, while D Denis Gauthier (fractured finger) is out another couple of weeks, C Petr Nedved (elbow) is another week and LW Tyson Nash (hip flexor) is day to day.

NOTABLES:

Calgary C Stephane Yelle skipped yesterday's practice due to a family issue that forced him to go to Denver. He'll join the team today ... Six of Jarome Iginla's eight goals have been scored in the third period ... Iginla's goal Monday night was No. 258 of his career, which put him third on the franchise's all-time list behind Theo Fleury (364) and Joe Nieuwendyk (257).


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