FLAMES (27-24-3) @ RANGERS (32-18-1)
BROADCAST: NOON MT; Sportsnet West (TV), The FAN 960 (radio)
SEASON SERIES: The Rangers skated to a 4-1 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Nov. 12, scoring twice in each of the first two periods en route to the victory.
RANGERS TEAM SCOPE: After losing two straight, the Rangers got back in the win column with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. They Rangers are currently the top wild card seed in the Eastern Conference, sitting six points above the Philadelphia Flyers and trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by four points for the last playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. Chris Kreider was the hero against the Sabres, scoring with 1:04 left in overtime. Mats Zuccarello also tallied for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist had a King Henrik kind of night, making 36 saves. Zuccarello leads New York with 39 points while J.T. Miller is second with 38. Michael Grabner tops the team with 22 goals so far this campaign.
FLAMES TEAM SCOPE: After suffering through a tough stretch where they lost six of seven, the Flames have won three straight. They snapped their skid with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators before the all-star break and followed it up with a 5-1 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild before beating the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in extra time Thursday night. Mikael Backlund scored the winner against Jersey while defenceman TJ Brodie collected four assists, the first Calgary defenceman to record that feat since Dion Phaneuf did it on Dec. 5, 2008. Sean Monahan continues to have a hot hand, scoring against the Devils to increase his streak to nine goals in his last 10 games. He is one goal shy of 100 for his young career.