Phoenix Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames - 3/15/14
Calgary Flames (27-33-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (31-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Jobing.com Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -205 / Calgary Flames +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
Heading into Saturday night's contest against the Calgary Flames the Coyotes find themselves two points out of the final wild card berth in the Western Conference playoff race. The Dallas Stars occupy that final position and have played one fewer game than the Coyotes as well. Phoenix last played on Thursday night in Boson against the Bruins and were unable to overcome a poor first period. Zdeno Chara scored less than six minutes into the opening period and the Bruins added a late goal as well that put the Coyotes behind the eight ball. Lauri Korpikoski finally got Phoenix on the board with his ninth goal of the season midway through the third period but that was all they would get in this defensive struggle that ended in a 2-1 loss. Phoenix held the Bruins to just 20 total shots on goal but managed just 22 themselves on the night. The big difference in this one was special teams. The Coyotes had their chances with the man advantage but failed to convert on five power play attempts. Phoenix managed just four shots on their five combined power plays. The Coyotes will return home on Saturday night to take on a Calgary Flames club that gave them some help on Friday night. Mike Cammalleri's 18th goal of the season evened the score with the Dallas Stars at 1-1 early in the second period but the Stars would score the next two and take a 3-1 lead into the final frame. With just over seven minutes remaining in the hockey game the Flames ended up with goals from Paul Byron and Cammalleri in less than a three minute span to tie the score and send it to overtime. Joey MacDonald stopped three of the four shooters he faced and Sean Monahan and Corban Knight scored in the skills competition to lift the Flames to the 4-3 victory. This come from behind victory comes on the heels of a 7-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks the other night. There's a lot of youth that's trying to earn jobs next season on this Calgary club and that makes them a very dangerous hockey team the rest of the way. Phoenix is a heavy, heavy favorite in this one and while they should be able to find a way to win this one that's a big price to pay for a club that sometimes can have trouble putting the puck in the net. This one might be another high scoring affair for the Flames on Saturday.
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