Flames-Coyotes Preview

Despite their goaltending situation undergoing constant change,

the Calgary Flames appear to be building confidence with solid play

on the road.

The Phoenix Coyotes are coming on strong as well after a tough

start.

Calgary looks to prevent Phoenix from a sixth victory in its

last eight tries by winning a third straight meeting between these

teams Monday night in Arizona.

Miikka Kiprusoff likely will miss at least another week with a

groin injury, and backup Leland Irving was sent down to Abbotsford

of the AHL after giving up two goals on four shots in Friday’s 5-2

loss to St. Louis.

Joey MacDonald, claimed off waivers from Detroit last Monday,

relieved Irving before making his first start for Calgary (5-5-3)

in Sunday’s come-from-behind 4-3 win at Dallas.

“It’s been a long time and it’s been frustrating, ups and downs,

good days, bad days,” said MacDonald, who made 27 saves in his

first NHL start since March 14. “I felt pretty good in there for

not playing in a while.”

There’s a good chance, though, that Danny Taylor, who replaced

Irving, will make his first career NHL start Monday in the second

of a back-to-back. Taylor leads the AHL with a 1.82 goals-against

average.

The Flames, who overcame a two-goal third-period deficit Sunday

to improve to 3-1-1 on the road, had dropped three of their

previous four games.

“We showed lots of character,” coach Bob Hartley said. “I told

them if we want to build some foundation to be a playoff team, it’s

games like this that we need to win.”

Michael Cammalleri scored, giving him four goals and five

assists over his last four games after missing three in the midst

of that stretch with a lower-body injury.

Steve Begin, Matt Stajan and Roman Horak also netted goals in

Dallas.

“It feels good, but the most important thing is we came out with

two points,” Begin said. “We’ve got to be proud of ourselves but

we’ve got to bring the same intensity for the next few games.”

Cammalleri has five goals and five assists in his last seven

games versus the Coyotes, who are 5-2-0 since starting 2-4-2.

Phoenix (7-6-2) beat Columbus 5-3 on Saturday, equaling its goal

total from its previous three games combined.

“When you don’t score enough, you look at how you can improve

your scoring,” coach Dave Tippett said. “Getting people to the net,

getting pucks to the net are certainly ways you’re going to create

more chances.”

Keith Yandle tied a career high with three assists, adding one

on Martin Hazal’s game-winning power-play goal as the Coyotes

converted only one of seven chances. They’re 3 for 32 with the man

advantage over their last eight games.

“Everybody thinks it’s a power play, you should just

automatically go out there and score,” Tippett said. “It’s hard to

score. You’ve just got to stay with it.”

Mike Smith made 17 saves Saturday and could be in net again

Monday. He’s 3-1-0 with a 1.93 GAA over his last four starts after

posting a 3.43 GAA over his first seven.

It’s unclear if Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata, who scored before

suffering a lower-body injury in the second period Saturday, will

be able to play in this contest. He’s considered day to day.