- Calgary returns home on a tear tonight to face the Phoenix Coyotes, who are in the midst of a 6 game road trip. The Flames has won their last 5 games since the loss in Vancouver two weeks ago. Unfortunately for Calgary, tonight's opponent is also on a bit of a tear, having won their last 4.
- The Flames are 12-1-4 since the beginning of December and have climbed back from a 10-13-3 start to take over first in the Northwest division (albeit with a couple of games in hand on the Canucks).
- Phoenix is on an 8-2-1 streak since early December, and have pulled themselves out of the Western Conference basement (now solely occupied by the LA Kings) and are within four points of a playoff spot (and if you made all losses into losses, they would still be 2 games above .500 and would be just out of the playoffs with numerous games in hand on most of the teams ahead of them).
- Radim Vrbata leads the Coyotes in goals with 24, while Shane Doan tops the scoresheet in assists (23) and points (34).
If the Flames weren't playing so well right now, I'd be a bit more concerned about a hot team coming into the Saddledome, especially one that I'd typically underestimate like the Coyotes. Not that I'm willing to take them that lightly right now, especially with Mueller providing a youthful spark, which the Flames have had trouble dealing with in the not too distant past...As well as Ilya Bryzgalov has played as of late for the Desert Dogs, I still think Kipper will dominate this matchup. I mean, he has to return to his old form at some point this season, right? Right?
Flames finally get the shutout win (yes, I will keep saying this until it happens) 3-0, with goals from Iginla and Lombardi x2...