Two Western Conference contenders and intense rivals -- both trending downward -- will face each other Sunday night when the Los Angeles Kings visit the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The Ducks lost five of seven games after positioning themselves within one point of first place in the Pacific Division on Jan. 31. As a result, Anaheim enters Sunday night's game in third place, six points behind the division-leading San Jose Sharks and two behind the second-place Edmonton Oilers.
The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't have picked a worst time for their offense to hit the skids. After battling back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference last month, the Hurricanes have now lost three straight heading into Sunday night's game against Toronto -- one of a handful of teams Carolina is chasing for a final wild-card spot. The Hurricanes, seven points out of a playoff spot with 28 games remaining, have scored just three total goals in the recent losing streak -- including losses to the two worst defensive teams in the league -- Dallas and Colorado.
The Ottawa Senators might want to ask their dads to hang around a little longer. The Senators return home Sunday to face the Winnipeg Jets (27-29-5), who lent them a helping hand by defeating the Canadiens 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Jets have their noses pressed up against the glass as they look in at the Western Conference playoff picture.