Coyotes-Flames Preview

The Phoenix Coyotes didn’t need Shane Doan in their last meeting

with the Calgary Flames.

That’s not likely to be true this time.

Doan looks to continue his offensive barrage in order to help

the Coyotes snap their losing streak at Calgary on Wednesday


Phoenix (16-7-4) beat the Flames 4-2 at home on Oct. 22, while

Doan was sidelined with a lower-body injury.

That’s the only game the 37-year-old captain has missed so far

this season, and the Coyotes surely appreciate his durability. He

leads them with 12 goals, and his 22 points tie him with Martin

Hanzal for second, two behind Radim Vrbata.

Doan had 13 tallies all of last season, and he got closer to

that mark by scoring eight goals while adding six assists over the

past 12 games.

He found the net again Tuesday and assisted on a goal by Mike

Ribeiro to help Phoenix win 6-2 at Western Conference-worst

Edmonton in the opener of this four-game trip.

Doan and the Coyotes, however, haven’t fared nearly as well at

Scotiabank Saddledome.

He’s mustered only an assist while Phoenix has dropped three

straight there since a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 23, 2012. The right

wing had a goal in that meeting, his only one in his past eight

visits to Calgary.

The venue has mattered little to Ribeiro, who has nine goals and

eight assists during a 10-game point streak versus the Flames. The

center has managed 11 points, while getting at least one over his

last six games at Calgary.

Ribeiro, though, finally netted his first road goal Tuesday as

part of a season-high three-point effort.

Mikkel Boedker also had three points against the Oilers, and

he’s scored goals in three of the past four games. The left wing

hasn’t found the net in five straight games at Calgary.

The Flames are only two points better than Edmonton in the West,

and they’re trying to win back-to-back games for just the second

time this season.

They won for the third time in 12 tries Saturday, when Michael

Cammalleri scored with 23 seconds left to play to beat Los Angeles

2-1 on the road.

“The wins haven’t been as frequent for us as we would have

liked, for sure,” Cammalleri said.

The center leads Calgary with 10 goals, but he’s scored only

three at home and none in the past five games while compiling a

minus-7 rating. Cammalleri has also been kept off the scoresheet in

each of the last two meetings with Phoenix after collecting 11

points over the previous nine.

Coach Bob Hartley has committed to giving Karri Ramo a second

straight start after he made 21 saves against the Kings. He stopped

all four shots he faced after replacing Reto Berra in Friday’s 5-2

loss at Anaheim.

“Karri Ramo will get the start,” coach Bob Hartley told the

team’s official website. “I’ve said it, I remember. We will

probably not announce a No. 1 goalie all year. It’s going to be a

battle. I’ve said it from Day 1, it’s basically a three-man battle.

Joey MacDonald is part of the mix and right now, we go with Karri

and Reto.

“They’re doing good and Kari was excellent in LA.”

Ramo is 3-4-1 with a 3.23 goals-against average, while Berra is

3-6-2 with a 3.51 GAA.