Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flames vs. Stars NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars
Date: Tuesday, August 18th
Time: 5:30 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Flames +105 Stars -125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Flames -1.5 (+210)
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The first thing that jumps out about in game five between the Flames and Stars is the total of 5. These two squads have combined for 9 goals twice already in the series, and five in one of the other meetings.
The two teams have traded wins and losses so far through four games. That would seem to give value to the Flames at +105 considering Dallas won 5-4 on Sunday, albeit in overtime.
The Flames have been one of the best offenses since the restart. They were able to take down Winnipeg 3-1 in the elimination round while scoring 16 goals in four games. Calgary has scored 3+ in 3 of 4 this series.
That offensive success has a great chance of continuing Tuesday if Johnny Gaudreau has finally found some momentum. The Flames’ leading scorer tallied his first goal of the series on Sunday and also added an assist.
Cam Talbot allowing five goals on Sunday looks bad, but he also had to face 62 SOG. Talbot is getting peppered by facing 133 shots the last three games. SOG against has been a problem all year for Calgary who ranked 24th in that stat.
Dallas is a slight favorite Tuesday despite the series being knotted up 2-2. The Stars have two games scoring five goals in the last three, but they also went 0-35 in Friday’s 0-2 loss.
Joe Pavelski is looking like the leader of men in his first postseason with Dallas. The center had a hat trick on Sunday for his first points of the series. Alexander Radulov had the game winner for his 2nd score the last three games.
Dallas has played both their goaltenders through four games but each with mixed results. Anton Khubodin gave up 3 goals on 26 shots in a game one loss but Ben Bishop couldn’t take the job after allowing four scores in game two.
Khubodin has started the last two, winning on Sunday despite giving up four scores on 40 shots.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Stars are 3-10 last 13 overall
- Underdog is 8-2 last 10 head to head meetings
Free Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars NHL Prediction:
If Calgary can make the adjustments to limit the amount of shots Talbot is facing, they’ll fare well in this one. That’s especially true if Gaudreau starts to get rolling.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Flames +105
This should also be a higher scoring affair yet again.
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