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NHL: 4 things to watch on Sunday

10/19/2014 11:55 EDT | Updated 12/19/2014 05:59 EST
Here are four things to watch on Sunday in the NHL with eight teams in action:

All-Canadian match-up in Winnipeg

The Flames (3-3-0) are off to a good start this season and will complete a six-game road trip against the Jets (1-3-0) who have struggled out of the gate so far. 

Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start in net for the Flames and will be up against Jets' netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

Forward Mason Raymond leads the Flames with four goals, including a game-winner, and the team has also benefited from the play of TJ Brodie (six points), Mark Giordano (six points) and Joe Colborne (five points).

Meanwhile, the Jets, who are still playing without Evander Kane, will be looking for thier first goal and first victory at home this season. 

Lundqvist is key to success

The Rangers (2-3-0) have had an up and down start to the 2014-15 campaign.

After winning their season-opener, New York lost three straight before defeating Carolina in a shootout at home on Thursday night.

Although goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has recorded both victories for the Rangers, his goals against average of 4.09 and .858 save percentage fall below expectations.

The Rangers are currently sitting in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and will need stronger play from their star goalie if they hope to make a jump up the standings. 

The Sharks (4-0-1) earned a 4-2 road victory against the Devils on Saturday night and now sit atop the Pacific Division with nine points. 

San Jose will certainly provide a tough test for Lundqvist and Co. as they are tied for first in the NHL with 20 goals. Only the Canadiens and Islanders have scored as many. 

Defending champs rounding into form 

The Los Angeles Kings (3-1-1) are showing signs of life as they ride a three-game winning streak into tonight's match-up with the Minnesota Wild (2-1-0) at Staples Center. 

The Kings have been dominant over the last three games, outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 11-2. Their most recent victory on Oct. 16 was a 1-0 shootout defeat of the St. Louis Blues. In that contest, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 43 saves.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom will get the call for Minnesota in what will be his first start since Jan. 11. Going up against the defending champions is definitely not the easiest of assignments in this situation. 

Minnesota last played on Friday when they lost 2-1 on the road in Anaheim. 

Blues feeling good

The Blues (2-1-1) will be looking to build off their strong performance on Saturday in which they thumped the Arizona Coyotes 6-1.

They will be visiting the Ducks (4-1-0) who, along with the Senators, are the league's hottest team with four-consecutive victories. 

St. Louis is led by Jaden Schwartz who has four goals and three assists. His two power-play goals rank him fifth in the NHL in that category. 

For Anaheim, it is no surprise that Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been leading the charge with seven and six points respectively. Ryan Kesler has also fit in seamlessly with the Ducks, contributing two goals and three assists so far. 

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