Coyotes return home, look to douse Flames

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Calgary (3-3-1) at Phoenix (3-3-0), 9:00 pm EDT

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- After dropping three straight road

games, the confines of Arena never seemed so

welcoming to the Phoenix Coyotes. The same cannot be said for

the Calgary Flames, who will have traveled 1,600 miles to face

Wayne Gretzky's team.

The Coyotes will look to put an end to the skid when they host

the Flames on Saturday.

Phoenix enabled the Ottawa Senators to jump out to a 3-0 edge

after the first period during a 6-3 loss on October 17, and then

surrendered two goals in each of the first and second sessions

in a 4-1 setback to the Montreal Canadiens the following day.

The pattern continued on Thursday, but rookie Mikkel Boedker and

Peter Mueller scored in the third to lift the Coyotes to a 2-1

win over the Washington Capitals.

Starting in place of Ilya Bryzgalov, Mikael Tellqvist stopped 31

shots for Phoenix, which has won its first two home games for

the first time since 2000-01.

Beginning a span of four of six contests on the road, Calgary

also cruised to a victory on Thursday. Captain Jarome Iginla

recorded a hat trick to lift the Flames to a 5-3 triumph over

the Nashville Predators

Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 35 saves on Thursday and notched

his second consecutive victory.

This game is one of 15 on Saturday's NHL schedule - the first

time every team will compete on the same night since October 5,

2005. On that date, Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf was one of

46 players making their league debut and was held scoreless

during a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.


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