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
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
“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.