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Wednesday, December 4th (All times Eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (16-7-4) at Calgary Flames (9-13-4), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to maintain their scoring touch when they play on consecutive nights in Wednesday's road test against the Calgary Flames.

Phoenix began a four-game trip in impressive fashion on Tuesday, as the Coyotes slammed the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2, at Rexall Place. Mikkel Boedker and Mike Ribeiro each had one goal and two assists to help Phoenix match its highest goal output of the season. The Coyotes also scored six times in a 6-3 triumph over visiting Tampa Bay on Nov. 16, but then lost three of their next four games before Tuesday's rout in Edmonton.

Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan and David Moss each added one goal and an assist for the Coyotes and Keith Yandle also lit the lamp. Mike Smith stopped 31-of-33 shots in the victory after yielding four goals on 35 shots in Saturday's 5-2 home loss to Chicago.

"Obviously after the Chicago game, we wanted to make sure we came out and played more to our identity, especially on the road," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "We're starting a tough trip, we wanted to come in and play well tonight. I thought for the most part, we did a lot of good things."

Coyotes backup goaltender Thomas Greiss could give Smith a rest tonight by getting the start in the second game on back-to-back nights. Greiss has one career appearance against Calgary, as he took the loss for San Jose in a 4-1 setback on March 6 of last season.

Phoenix is 7-5-2 on the road this season and will try to win its third straight as the guest in tonight's clash at the Saddledome. The Coyotes will continue this swing with Friday's outing in Vancouver before completing the trip Tuesday in Colorado.

The Flames recently halted a two-game slide with Saturday's road victory over Los Angeles, giving Calgary its third win in six games after suffering through an 0-5-1 drought from Nov. 5-16.

Mike Cammalleri's backhander with 23 seconds left lifted the Flames to a 2-1 win over the Kings on Saturday. Cammalleri took a pass from Mikael Backlund in front of the net and managed to shovel a backhander past Ben Scrivens as he fell to the ice. Flames rookie goaltender Karri Ramo was able to hold strong the rest of the way to seal the win.

Blair Jones also scored and Ramo made 21 saves in the win, which came with many of the fathers of the Flames' players in attendance at the Staples Center.

"To get the win was special. We wanted to get a big one for them (the fathers) tonight, and against a good team," Cammalleri said.

Calgary will try to make it two wins in a row on Wednesday, but the club hasn't been able to string together consecutive victories since beating Montreal and New Jersey on Oct. 9 and 11, respectively. That two-game stretch still stands as the Flames' only winning streak of the season.

There's a chance Mark Giordano could help the Flames secure a second straight win on Wednesday, as the defenseman nears his return from a broken ankle. Giordano has missed the last 18 games since suffering the injury on Oct. 21 in Los Angeles, but returned to practice recently and expects to be a game-time decision tonight.

"Gio looked very good and I asked him after practice and he had zero pain," Flames coach Bob Hartley said of Giordano after Tuesday's practice. "He's very close. Tomorrow, he'll be re-evaluated by the doctor and if the medical staff gives us the green light, well, he could be a strong possibility."

Despite playing in only eight games in 2013-14, Giordano still ranks third in scoring among Calgary defensemen this season with nine points on two goals and seven assists.

Beginning with tonight's tilt, the Flames are playing two straight and four of their next five games at home. Calgary is 4-5-3 at the Saddledome this season.

Phoenix recorded a 4-2 home win against the Flames on Oct. 22, but Calgary has claimed four of the past six encounters in this series overall and three straight at the Saddledome.

12/04 10:47:17 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 71
UTA 85
 
4th
CHI 80
WAS 72
 
2nd
DEN 46
MIL 50
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
2nd
NILL 64
WMICH 60
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 27
KENT 32
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Half
UF 26
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 24
WVU 40
 
1st
CREI 24
VILL 17
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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