FLAMES (10-12-1) VS. FLYERS (9-10-3)
BROADCAST: 5:30 PM MT; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: The Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers will go head-to-head twice this season, with Sunday's game opening the 2016-17 season series. The Flyers will make a stop in Calgary on Feb. 15, 2017 to wrap up this year's series. In 2015-16, the Flames had a 1-1-0 record against the Flyers. Their win last season came on Nov. 5, 2015 at the Scotiabank Saddledome with Mikael Backlund scoring the game-winner in overtime. Backlund, Michael Frolik and Johnny Gaudreau each had two points against the Flyers last season, leading all Flames skaters. Claude Giroux's five points against the Flames led all skaters in the 2015-16 season set.
FLAMES TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are in the midst of a very successful road swing, going 3-1-0 in their first four skates in the six-game trip. They are coming off a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday. Sam Bennett had a goal and an assist in Boston and Chad Johnson made 35 saves in the victory. Forward Kris Versteeg could return to the lineup on Sunday after missing's Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. If he's unable to play, the Flames could slide Hunter Shinkaruk or Mark Janowski into the lineup. Versteeg did participate in practice on Saturday but head coach Glen Gulutzan said he will be a game-time decision on Sunday night.
FLYERS TEAM SCOPE: Goaltender Anthony Stolarz is expected to make his NHL debut on Sunday. If he does get the nod in net, he will become the first New Jersey-born goalie to play in the NHL. Stolarz, who was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, was recalled on Nov. 14 when Michal Neuvirth suffered a knee injury. In eight games with the Lehigh Valley Flyers, Philadelphia's AHL affiliate, Stolarz has a 6-2-0 record with a 2.39 GAA and a .927 save percentage. With a 9-10-3 record and 21 points on the year, the Flyers are sixth in the Metropolitan Division and three points back of the New Jersey Devils, who have the second Wildcard spot in the East. Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers in scoring with 10 goals and 19 points in 22 games. Captain Claude Giroux trails him with four goals and 18 points.