Dallas Stars Vs. Calgary Flames (5/5/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

The Calgary Flames won game one of their first roun series against the Dallas Stars 1-0.  Elias Lindholm scored a power play goal at 5:01 of the first period and Jacob Markstrom only had to make 16 saves to preserve the shutout.

Dallas is +3000 to win the Western Conference in 2021-22 and +7000 to win the Stanley Cup this season; the Stars won the title in 1998-99, their only Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.  Calgary is +250 to win the Western Conference and +600 to hoist the 2021-22 Stanley Cup; they last won the title in 1988-89 led by the great captain, Lanny McDonald. 

Dallas Stars Vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds

The Stars are 7-3 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.  Dallas is 1-5 in their last six playoff games as an underdog.  Under is 6-2-4 in the Stars last 12 playoff games as an underdog.  Dallas is +500 to win the first round series against Calgary.  The Flames are 4-12 in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games. Calgary is 4-1 in their last five playoff games as a favorite.  Under is 5-1-1 in the Flames last seven playoff games as a favorite.  Calgary is -750 to win the best of seven first round series over Dallas.

Dallas Stars Analysis

Playing all 82 regular season games, Joe Pavelski led the Stars in scoring with 81 points (27 goals and 54 assists).  In his 16th season, he scored 12 power play goals: 25 points overall on the man advantage.  Pavelski was third on the team in plus/minus at +11 while logging 18:28 of ice time per game.  In 162 playoff games mostly as a San Jose Shark, he has 119 points.  Jason Robertson was the Stars leading goal scorer with 41 this season; he had 79 points overall.  Robertson was the team leader in plus/minus at +16 in 2021-22.  In his third season in Dallas, he scored 11 game winning goals and tallied 13 power play goals.  Roope Hintz totaled 72 points this campaign (37 goals and 35 assists).  He finished second on the team in plus/minus at +15 while averaging 18:03 of ice time per game.  Hintz scored nine power play goals, three shorthanded goals and seven game winning goals.

In 2021-22, John Klingberg had 47 points (six goals and 41 assist) in 74 games.  He averaged 22:13 of ice time per game while blocking 77 shots and delivering 57 hits.  In 53 postseason games, he’s totaled 34 points (seven goals and 27 assists).  Miro Heiskanen had 36 points in 70 games this season (five goals and 31 assists).  He led the club in average ice time per game at 24:53. Heiskanen was a +3 while blocking 92 shots and registering 52 hits in 2021-22. 

Jake Oettinger a first-round pick by Dallas in 2017 started 46 games this year.  He was 30-15-1 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.53 GAA.  In the 1-0 game one loss to the Flames, the Dallas goaltender made 25 saves. 

Calgary Flames Analysis

Johnny Gaudreau finished the season tied with Florida’s Justin Huberdeau for second in scoring in the NHL with 115 points (40 goals and 75 assists).  The winger led the NHL in plus/minus at +64 while averaging 18:34 of ice time per game.  He scored 25 power play goals and scored nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  In 31 career playoff games, Gaudreau has tallied 20 points (eight goals and 12 assist) while averaging 18:57 of ice time per postseason contest.  Matthew Tkachuk is one of the top power forwards in the NHL and joined his teammate Gaudreau in the 100-point club this year with 104 points; he was tied for the team lead in goals with 42.  The 24-year-old was a +57 while scoring 12 power play goals and six game winning goals this campaign.  Additionally, Tkachuk delivered 93 hits while averaging 17:54 of ice time per game.  In 16 career playoff games he has six points while averaging 16:42 on ice time per game.  Elias Lindholm was tied with Matthew Tkachuk for the team lead in goals with 42 in 2021-22; overall he had 82 points.  An unbelievable +61, Lindholm scored 10 power play goals, one shorthanded goal and nine game winning goals for Calgary this season.  In 16 career playoff games he has nine points (four goals and five assists).

Rasmus Andersson led all Flames blueliners with 50 points this year (four goals and 46 assists).   In his sixth NHL season, he was a +30 while averaging 22:41 of ice time per game.  He was second on the team in blocked shots with 125 and registered 63 hits.  The 25-year-old has played in 16 playoff games as a Flame scoring four goals.   

Jakob Markstrom will ultimately be the key to Calgary hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2021-22.  This season he was 37-15-9 with a GAA of 2.22 third in the NHL and tied for the third in the league with a .922 saver percentage.  In 15 career playoff games (14 with the Vancouver Canucks in 2019-20) he’s gone 9-6 with a 2.66 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

Dallas Stars Vs. Calgary Flames Picks & Prediction

During the regular season, Dallas scored 2.8 goals per game, ranking them 21st in the NHL.  On the defensive side, the Stars allowed three goals per game which was 14th in the league.  The Flames scored 3.5 goals per game during the regular season, sixth in the NHL.  Defensively Calgary allowed 2.5 goals per game, third overall.  I like the Flames to win this game by more than 1.5 goals and take a 2-0 series lead.  The teams will score under 5.5 combined goals with Calgary’s superior offense and goaltending propelling them to a 3-1 victory.

Dallas Stars Vs. Calgary Flames Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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