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Sunday, March 30th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (31-36-7) at Ottawa Senators (30-29-14), 5 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators won for just the second time in nine games last time out to keep their slim playoff chances alive. They face a tough task on Sunday evening, however, as they host a Calgary Flames team that has taken to the role of spoiler as of late.

The Senators have 74 points with nine games to play, leaving them eight points back of Columbus and Detroit for the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has done little to help its cause as of late, going 2-4-3 over the last nine contests.

Both wins have come in Ottawa's last three games and the club picked up a big 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday to begin a five-game homestand.

Clarke MacArthur notched his 23rd goal of the season and tallied two assists. Kyle Turris also lit the lamp for the 23rd time this season and the duo are tied with Bobby Ryan for the club lead.

Ryan, though, won't play again this season after undergoing sports hernia surgery this week.

Erik Condra, Cody Ceci and Milan Michalek all added goals on Friday and Craig Anderson made 46 saves in his first start since March 10. He had been out with an upper-body injury.

"The bottom line is, we got two points and we found a way to win, and that's all that really matters," said Anderson. "We played pretty solid and for the most part we did what it took to get the job done."

Anderson should get the start this evening and is 6-6-0 lifetime versus the Flames with a 2.45 goals against average.

Calgary has thrived on impacting the playoff race over the last few weeks despite being well out of contention. The Flames have won six of their last nine games and bested the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday.

Mike Cammalleri notched the deciding tally late in the second period, taking a kick pass from defenseman Chris Butler up the right wing. Cammalleri then skated into the zone and beat New York's Henrik Lundqvist through the pads with 7.8 ticks on the clock.

"That's an opportunity maybe to get a shot off in stride where you might not usually," Cammalleri said. "I just tried to shoot it in stride the best I could. I thought by our [defense] making a quick up-play there, we were able to create a gap. Their [defense] got caught."

Karri Ramo did the rest and finished with 38 saves, while Joe Colborne, Mark Giordano and Kevin Westgarth added goals.

The Flames did lose defenseman Ladislav Smid to an upper-body injury on Friday in the opener of a five-game road trip.

Ramo could start again today and is 0-2-1 with a 3.88 GAA in five career games versus the Senators, including two starts.

The Flames have won nine of their past 12 versus the Senators, including a 4-1 victory in Calgary on March 5.

03/30 10:19:46 ET

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Local
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
1st
TOR 15
NYK 7
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
2nd
RAD 66
CORN 57
 
2nd
UNT 57
CREI 49
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
2nd
USB 65
GHND 50
 
2nd
OKST 56
MD 67
 
2nd
WINT 92
REIN 65
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
 
2nd
NEOM 69
TXPA 69
 
2nd
STLU 56
VERM 46
 
2nd
UNCA 59
WCU 58
 
2nd
EVAN 71
ALAST 63
 
2nd
HART 57
FIU 53
 
2nd
VALPO 57
GOSHEN 34
 
Half
LIP 32
PEAY 24
 
1st
DEN 12
BRY 22
 
Half
MONT 37
SD 33
 
1st
MTST 36
TENST 23
 
1st
SAMF 8
LAMON 15
 
1st
SCAR 5
COKR 10
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
4th
NOS 14
ATL 20
 
4th
HOU 22
BAL 7
 
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
4th
CHI 14
DET 17
 
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
4th
PIT 20
KAN 9
 
4th
MIA 28
MIN 26
 
4th
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA