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Jarome Iginla, here celebrating a goal last Tuesday night, already leads the Flames in goals and games played. ((Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press) )

Jarome Iginla is about to claim his rightful place in the history of the Calgary Flames' franchise.

The team's captain and emotional leader is just two points away from tying and passing Theoren Fleury as the all-time points leader in southern Alberta and he can turn the trick on Sunday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Iginla already leads the team in goals (398) and games played (921) in his 12 seasons with Calgary. And his 829 points are one back of Fleury.

"I've been blessed in my career to play 12 seasons here," Iginla said this week. "It gets to be more fun as we continue to improve as a team."

The potentially historic moment didn't come without its struggles.

Iginla had earned just two points in 19 games, prior to going on his current seven-game point streak.

"I'm relaxing more now," Iginla told the Canadian Press. "When you start pressing, you don't move as quickly and you don't see things as sharply.

"I'm also playing with a little bit more confidence."

Iginla played with Fleury in his early days with the team after being traded from the Dallas organization in December 1995, recording his first NHL point while on a line with the Calgary icon.

Flames work to stay in front

The Flames are currently in third place in the Western Conference and 10 points up on Vancouver for top spot in the Northwest Division and home-ice advantage during the playoff's first round.

Those Canucks host Columbus on Sunday.

Calgary and Tampa last met on Dec. 13, 2007, a 9-6 Flames victory.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is 1-1-1 with a 3.95 goals against average versus Tampa Bay. Karri Ramo is likely to make his fourth consecutive start in net on Sunday night, though it's his first game against Calgary.

Tampa has lost the first two of its three game road trip, one that ends tonight, including a 2-1 loss in Vancouver on Friday.

Despite the team's losses, Vincent Lecavalier has put up impressive numbers for his team with 25 goals and 39 assists, second to only Martin St. Louis's 59 points.

With files from the Canadian Press