Coyotes-Flames Preview

The Associated Press

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 night.

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.