It was the first game for the Flames after five days off and it showed in the execution for the team. A few good scoring opportunities went by the wayside as shots went wide or over the net.
The Coyotes scored the game’s opening goal, Martin Hanzal tipping in a shot from Radim Vrbata at the six minute mark of the first.
The Flames controlled most of the play for the rest of the period, outshooting Arizona 19-9. Sean Monahan had five of those shots looking for his 100th career goal.
The second period was all Arizona, as Coyotes’ Christian Dvorak, Jordan Martinook and Ryan White all scored in the middle frame taking advantage of Flames miscues.
Trying to shake things up and not happy with his play, coach Glen Gulutzan moved Johnny Gaudreau to the fourth line with Matt Stajan and Garnet Hathaway. The Flames also put Brian Elliott in goal for the third replacing Chad Johnson.
Christian Dvorak added his second of the game just over two minutes into the final stanza.
The final score was 5-0 as Mike Smith stopped 36 shots to record the shut out.
The Flames entered play just one point out of a playoff position.
The Philadelphia Flyers are next up for the Flames Wednesday night at the Saddledome.