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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT, April 3, 2018
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta  Attendance: 18,677

Flames aim to cool Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames

  1. The Coyotes routed the Blues at home on Saturday, 6-0. The six goals matched a season high for Arizona (6-1 versus Chicago on February 12), while the margin of victory was Arizona's largest since blanking Calgary, 6-0, on January 7, 2014.
  2. The Flames stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Edmonton on Saturday. But Calgary still hasn't mustered a power-play goal in any of its last 11 games, the team's longest drought since 1997 (13 straight games).
  3. By taking two of three games from the Coyotes in 2017-18, the Flames have improved to 7-2-0 in the series since March 28, 2016. And in eight games since the beginning of 2016-17, Arizona is a combined 0-for-24 on the power play when facing Calgary.
  4. Max Domi matched career highs with three points and a +3 rating on Saturday. With five points over his last two games combined, Domi concluded March with career highs for any month in assists (11), points (15) and rating (+11).
  5. Zac Rinaldo has delivered at least one hit in each of his last 54 games dating back to 2016, the longest active streak in the league. In his first season with Arizona, Rinaldo is averaging 3.56 hits per game, the most by any Western Conference forward (minimum 25 games).
  6. For just the third time this season, Johnny Gaudreau has been held without a point in at least three straight games. With 59 assists in 2017-18, Gaudreau still needs one more to become the first Flame in a quarter-century to record 60 helpers (Theo Fleury, 66 in 1992-93).

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Arizona Coyotes were eliminated from playoff contention quite some time ago, but that hasn't stopped them from playing some inspired hockey as of late.

After blanking the St. Louis Blues 6-0 at home on Sunday, the Coyotes (28-40-11) will look to keep their recent string of success going when they face the Calgary Flames (36-33-10) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

"The last two months, we could have easily packed it in," said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team has won three of four games and has gone 16-8-2 dating back to Feb. 8. "We weren't going to let them pack it in. They've bought in. I've got to give a lot of guys credit for that. It's easy when you're out of the playoffs to give up and we haven't given up."

Goalie Antti Raanta stopped all 34 shots he faced on Sunday to pick up his third shutout of the season.

"The guys were helping me out," said Raanta, who was named the NHL's second star of the week on Monday after going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage over the previous seven days. "When I needed to make a save I was able to make it."

The Coyotes have also been getting key contributions from rookie forwards Dylan Strome, who had three assists against the Blues, and Clayton Keller, who was named the NHL's rookie of the month for March.

"I think our team's playing really well right now," Keller told the team website. "I think that's the main thing I'm focused on and my play will take care of itself."

Meanwhile, the Flames snapped a miserable seven-game losing streak -- one that took them right out of playoff contention -- by edging the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at home on Saturday night.

"This is the first time in a long time since we've been out of it that the cloud's lifted a little bit for us," said Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan, who commended his players for coming up with a gritty effort against the Oilers. "It's been hard on our guys emotionally. They looked a little bit more like themselves. What we've (gone) through here in the last three weeks, we've had lots of guys that have stepped up and have stayed dirty and fought."

Forward Mikael Backlund was happy that he and his teammates could reward Calgary's loyal fans with a win on home ice where the Flames have struggled this season with a 16-19-4 record.

"It's been a really tough stretch, so to get a win it's a big energy boost and confidence boost for the guys in the room here," said Backlund, who's hoping the Flames can finish the season with two more wins at home against the Coyotes on Tuesday and versus the surprising Vegas Golden Knights in their last game of the season on Saturday. "We're pretty excited to get a win (over the Oilers), especially at home. We struggled this year and wanted to get a win, especially against our biggest rivals and in front of our fans."

Updated April 2, 2018

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