Flames' shot stats improving

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Normally when facing the Sharks in San Jose, the Flames and every team are grossly outshot.

The Sharks did end up with a 35-31 edge in that category - although there are times you wonder where some of those home-team shots on the board came from - but of note is that Calgary actually did a better job in that department. The host Sharks had to block 20 offerings and another 13 potential shots for Calgary went wide.

In comparison, the Flames blocked 12 shots and nine Sharks attempts missed. That's a lot of rubber against a team with very solid defence.

The Flames special-team units continue to do an outstanding job. By killing off all five penalties against the Sharks, including a crucial 29-second five-on-three shortly after making it a 2-2 game, their PK is on a run of snuffing 91.6% of its chances (87-of-95) over the past 25 games.

The Flames' powerplay went 1-for-5 against the Sharks, too, which puts the team's PP at 29% (9-for-31) in the last seven games. With 18 goals this season, Coyotes RW Shane Doan is just two shy of joining Dale Hawerchuk (1981-82 to '89-90) and Keith Tkachuk (1992-93 to 2000-01) as the only players in Jets/Coyotes history to record nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.

Doan's run of consecutive 20-goal campaigns began in 1999-00. He's also four goals shy of surpassing Paul MacLean for fourth place on the franchise's all-time goal list.

Coyotes C Steven Reinprecht suffered a minor injury in Vancouver and played less than nine minutes but is expected to play tonight. The Coyotes have been outscored 49-32 in the first period. They've held their own the other two periods. Phoenix scored two PP goals against the Canucks -- the first time they'd done that in a month's worth of games.

The Coyotes' roster features the team's top pick from each of the last four entry drafts: Mikkel Boedker (8th overall, '08), Kyle Turris (3rd overall, '07), Peter Mueller (8th overall, '06) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall, '05).


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