FLAMES (32-26-4) VS. HURRICANES (25-24-8)
BROADCAST: 1:00 PM MT; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: Sunday's matinee is the final match-up between the Flames and Carolina Hurricanes this year. In the opening tilt of the two-game season series, the Hurricanes picked a 4-2 win in Calgary on Oct. 20. Troy Brouwer and Johnny Gaudreau scored and Brian Elliott made 28 saves in the setback at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: Sunday's game is the final stop on a very successful five-game road swing. The Flames are 3-0-1, with their lone overtime setback coming in Vancouver last Saturday. The Flames have gained ground over the month February, going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and vaulting themselves into the first Wildcard spot in the Western Conference. They now trail the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, who sit second and third in the Pacific Division, by just six points. The line of Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik have been extremely productive as of late, combining for 17 points in their last five games. Backlund leads the Flames in scoring with 19 goals and 44 points on the year.
HURRICANES' TEAM SCOPE: Carolina is coming off of a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday but with 58 points on the year, they are 10 points out of the second Wildcard spot in the East and are last in the Metropolitan Division. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and 1-3-1 in their last five outings. Jeff Skinner leads his team in scoring with 20 goals and 39 points. Rookie Sebastian Aho trails him with 17 goals and 33 points and Victor Rask rounds out Carolina's top three in scoring with 13 goals and 33 points. Cam Ward has shouldered the load in net, making 48 starts this year. The veteran goaltender has a 21-9-7 record with 2.65 GAA and a .904 save percentage.