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Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames meet at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday night for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, a best-of-seven series. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on TBS.

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Score Prediction

Flames 3, Stars 2

Best Bet

Stars +1.5 (-130)
Under 5.5 (-105)

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DALLAS STARS vs. CALGARY FLAMES PREDICTIONS

The OVER has cashed in seven of the first 12 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs through three days. We had a total of 22 goals on Monday, a total of 23 goals on Tuesday and a total of 29 goals on Wednesday. It appears the Stars and Flames didn't get the scoring memo, however. Calgary picked up the 1-0 victory in Game 1 behind Jacob Markstrom, as he faced just 16 shots for his 10th shutout of the season (first of the playoffs). Jake Oettinger made 25 saves to take the hard-luck loss, as he only allowed a power-play goal to Elias Lindholm, who struck for his fourth-career playoff goal.

Calgary averaged 3.5 goals per game this season, ranking sixth in the NHL during the regular season, while striking at a 22.9% rate, good for 10th. The lack of scoring can be credited to Oettinger, who did a good job giving his team a chance to win. They'll need him again, as Markstrom has been a brick wall all season long.

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DALLAS STARS vs. CALGARY FLAMES BETTING ODDS

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DALLAS STARS vs. CALGARY FLAMES BETTING RESOURCES

  • Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
  • Matchup: Central vs. Pacific
  • Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • Location: Calgary, Alta.
  • TV-Time: TBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS STARS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 46-31-6
  • ATS: 35-48
  • O/U: 35-46-3

The Stars needed to play suffocating defense, helping inexperienced goaltender Oettinger. They did just that, played a great game on the defensive end, while Oettinger stood on his head. They still lost.

Dallas will go back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how to beat Markstrom. Not a lot of people have had success doing that this season, as he had nine shutouts during the regular season, and he picked up right where he left off by blanking the Stars in Game 1. Dallas is going to have to figure out a way to draw penalties, give the power play a chance, because it's going to be hard penetrating the cage of Markstrom in even-strength situations. He is playing that well, and is the type of goaltender who can carry a team on his back to a championship. But he is beatable. Everybody is.

The Stars are in a slump, falling in four straight on the road, and five of the past six as an underdog. They need to snap out of it in a hurry, or risk going back to the Metroplex in an 0-2 series hole. Dallas has had difficulty scoring all season, ranking 21st, but they were 11th on the power play in the regular season at 22.5%.

CALGARY FLAMES BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 51-21-11
  • ATS: 45-38
  • O/U: 40-36-7

The Flames didn't do much on offense, but they didn't have to. Markstrom was rarely tested, and when he was tested, he passed with flying colors. Lindholm notched the power-play goal, and that's all he needed to propel the Flames to the victory. In the playoffs, the margins can be razor thin, and the Flames will need to do more offensively if they want to beat the Stars.

The Flames scored on the man advantage, and that's where they have a huge chance to make quick work of the Stars. Dallas ranked just 19th on the penalty kill in the regular season at 79.0%. That will be the undoing of the Stars, and why Calgary not only wins Game 2, but the series in rather quick fashion.

The Stars will be looking to scare up some offense in Game 2. (Getty Images)

DALLAS STARS vs. CALGARY FLAMES CONCLUSION

The Stars played a great road playoff game in the opener of this series, they didn't give up an even-strength goal, and they still lost. Dallas needs to generate more offensive opportunities, but that just hasn't been their style. They play defensively, close to the vest, and do not score a lot of goals. As such, keep slamming the UNDER in this series until the offense picks up. It isn't likely to happen.

If anyone is going to go on a scoring binge, it will be the Flames, but based on the suffocating effort of the Stars D in Game 1, take the road team on the puck line. It wouldn't be shocking to see Game 2 decided in overtime.

DALLAS STARS vs. CALGARY FLAMES BETTING TRENDS

  • Stars are 0-4 in the past four road games.
  • Stars are 1-5 in the past six as an underdog.
  • Stars are 0-4 in the past four as a road 'dog.
  • Stars are 7-3 in the past 10 Western QF games.
  • Flames are 11-4 in the past 15 games overall.
  • Flames are 22-8 in the past 30 home games.
  • Flames are 4-1 in the past five playoff games as a fave.
  • Flames are 4-12 in the past 16 Western QF games.
  • OVER is 3-1-1 in the past five road games for the Stars.
  • UNDER is 6-2-4 in the past 12 playoff games as a 'dog for the Stars.
  • OVER is 5-1-1 in the past seven home games for the Flames.
  • UNDER is 5-1-1 in the past seven playoff games as a fave for the Flames.
  • Favorite is 6-1 in the past seven meetings.
  • Road teams is 9-4 in the past 13 meetings.
  • Stars are 7-3 in the past 10 trips to Calgary.
  • OVER is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings.

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