NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (4-2-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (5-2-2), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jiri Hudler and rookie Sean Monahan both helped carry
Calgary's offense while Mike Cammalleri recovered from an upper-body injury
sustained during the preseason.
With Cammalleri now back in the mix, the Flames figure to be even more
dangerous in the offensive zone. They'll try to post a second straight win
when they continue a five-game road trip Tuesday night in a meeting with the
Cammalleri was tied for the team lead last season with 32 points in 44 games
while finishing second on the club with 13 goals. He was hurt early on the
preseason and missed Calgary's first seven games before making his season
debut in last night's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
The forward had a quick impact, scoring Calgary's first goal of the game 2:50
into the second period to make it a 1-1 contest, then assisted on Monahan's
team-leading sixth goal of the campaign with 6:21 to go in the frame.
The Kings tied the contest before the end of the second and the clubs remained
deadlocked until T.J. Brodie scored the Flames' third power-play goal of the
game, with his winner coming with just 30 seconds to go in regulation.
"Real gutsy effort, and (we) scored three goals on the power play," Calgary
coach Bob Hartley said. "We knew coming here it would be physical so there
would be power plays on both sides. We won the special teams battle."
Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots to win his first game of the season for the
Flames, who had lost the first two of their five-game road trip that ends on
Thursday in Dallas.
Ramo was making his third start of the campaign and Hartley is slated to go
with Joey MacDonald in net tonight. MacDonald is 2-1-0 with a 2.61 goals
against average in three previous meetings with the Coyotes.
He'll hope that the offense can stay hot with the addition of Cammalleri to
Monahan and Hudler.
Hudler had two assists in last night's win to extend his season-opening point
streak, with the center logging four goals and 11 points over the eight games.
Monahan, the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft, has notched a point in all
but one of his eight games this season.
While Monahan has surprised by adjusting to the NHL so quickly, Phoenix
goaltender Mike Smith had something in his own back of tricks as he scored a
goal with 0.1 seconds left in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Detroit.
Smith gave up a pair of first-period goals before the Coyotes stormed back
with five straight tallies.
"Obviously I'm thrilled with the way we played. It's just a bonus to be able
to score a goal in this league as a goaltender. We did a lot of really good
things tonight against a really good hockey team," said Smith.
Smith ended with 31 saves, the last with his glove before he jumped up and
flung the puck all the way down the length of the ice and into the open net.
He became the 11th different NHL goaltender to score a goal -- the first in
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise history -- and the seventh to
do so with his own shot.
"I do shoot the puck quite often in practice, but a lot of things have to go
right in order for that to happen," said Smith. "I was able to score in the
ECHL my first year of pro and it was the same thing. (The first goal) was a
little different because it was a dumped puck, but everything has to work
right and the clock has to slow down at the right time to let it trickle over
the line. It was just a bonus to a great win."
Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette also scored, while Mike Ribeiro lit the
lamp twice for the Coyotes, who were coming off a pair of post-regulation
losses and are 4-0-2 in their last six.
Ribeiro, a big free agent signing this past offseason, was held without a
point over his first three games this season, but has seven during a six-game
The Coyotes have lost four of five and seven of their last 11 against the
Flames, though they have won six of the last seven in Phoenix.
Smith is 4-3-1 with a 2.56 GAA in eight career meetings with the Flames.
10/22 11:10:53 ET