KINGS (34-29-7) VS. FLAMES (40-27-4)
BROADCAST: 7:30 p.m.; Sportsnet One, Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: Sunday's tilt is the third meeting in the Flames and LA Kings five-game season series. The Flames are 1-1-0 in the opening two contests, falling 5-0 in LA on Nov. 5 and picking up a 2-1 overtime win in Calgary on Feb. 28. In Calgary's victory last month, Micheal Ferland scored in regulation, TJ Brodie netted the game-winner at 1:47 mark of the extra frame and Brian Elliott made 28 saves.
KINGS' TEAM SCOPE: With 75 points on the year, the Kings are sitting outside of the Western Conference Wildcard picture, trailing the St. Louis Blues by four points and the Edmonton Oilers by eight points. They are coming off of a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, a game which saw Jarome Iginla and Adrean Kempe score and Jonathan Quick make 26 saves. The low-scoring affair was typical for the Kings as of late - they have scored three or fewer goals in seven of their last eight games. One player who has been piling up the points recently, however, is Anze Kopitar. The forward has three goals and 10 points in his last 10 games.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: With a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday, the Flames pushed themselves back into a Pacific Division playoff spot. They are third in their division, trailing the Anaheim Ducks by one point and the San Jose Sharks by seven points. Since Feb. 15, the Flames are 12-1-1 - the best record in the NHL during that span. During that stretch, Johnny Gaudreau has led the way with 14 points. Dougie Hamilton, with 13 points, and Matthew Tkachuk, with 12 points, round out the top three in scoring since that mid-February mark. Elliott, who is expected to start on Sunday, has a 11-0-1 record with a 1.64 GAA and a .944 save percentage since Feb. 15. He has won his last 10 starts.