Flames Favored on the Road
The Western Conference series between the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames is heading to the Lone Star State this weekend with the first of two games at the American Airlines Center getting underway on Saturday. The puck drops at 9:30 p.m. ET.
As per BetUS sportsbook, Calgary enters Game 3 as the firm favorite on the odds board. The Flames are priced at -160 to win while the Stars are pegged as the +140 underdogs.
Join us as we preview this fascinating Western Conference series, examine Game 3’s NHL odds, and serve up a final betting verdict.
Flames Faux Favorites?
The Calgary Flames went into the series as the runaway favorites to win and advance into the second round. This lopsided outlook was a function of Calgary’s stellar regular season which culminated in a Pacific Division title and a Top 5 finish in the league.
Equally, it was a reflection of the manner in which the Dallas Stars squeaked into the playoffs, clinching the final spot in the Western Conference.
The futures NHL series market opened with the Flames tipped as the sizeable -340 favorites while the Dallas Stars were tipped as the +280 underdogs. That was before Game 1 got underway.
Things seemed to go to plan as the Flames emerged victorious in Game 1, albeit it was a narrow 1-0 victory at the Sadledome. In fact, after Game 1, the market for Calgary strengthened astronomically.
Bookmakers doubled Calgary’s NHL series odds to -700. The Stars drifted proportionally in the opposite direction, dropping from +280 to +500.
Game 2, however, fell to the wayside for the hosts as they were shut out by a determined Dallas side. Stars netminder Jake Ottinger stopped all 29 shots he faced to clinch the victory in his second playoff start for Dallas.
Joe Pavelski scored the first goal for the Stars at 7:47 of the first period, capitalizing on a turnover by the Flames in the defensive zone. The Stars fended off the hosts from there onwards before Michael Raffi scored the empty-net goal late in the dying minutes of the game to seal the win for Dallas.
“It’s a new day tomorrow, a new game, so we’ve just got to regroup.”
Hear from Mikael Backlund ahead of the trip to Dallas for Games 3 and 4. pic.twitter.com/FLqjsnkCU1
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 6, 2022
Stars Floating Dangerously
The Calgary Flames proved they were the better team in the regular season, but the playoffs are a whole new season. What happened in the regular season is a moot point because the best-of-seven format is a great leveler.
Case in point: Thursday’s shutout effectively stole home-ice advantage from the Flames. Add to that the fact that the Stars have conceded merely one goal in two games and it’s hard not to be impressed.
Indeed, one could go further by arguing that the Stars have the advantage right now. The series is tied 1-1 as they head home for a two-game stretch at the American Airlines Center. Should the Stars capitalize on home advantage, they’ll be one win away from clinching this series. That would be something!
COMING HOME WITH A BIG DUB, DALLAS! 💫 pic.twitter.com/J45HX96q5e
— x – Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 6, 2022
Stars vs Flames Head-to-Head
The Calgary Flames have slipped to a 4-4-2 record in their last 10 games against the Dallas Stars. Alternatively, the Stars have improved to a 6-4-0 record in their last 10 games. The total has gone 5-4-1 during this same stretch.
The Flames won the first game of this series 1-0 to come through as the closing -230 favorites on the moneyline. The Stars upset the Flames 2-0 as the whopping +190 underdogs.
Stars vs Flames Game Information
- Game: Stars (46-30-6) vs Flames (50-21-11)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Stars vs Flames Live stream: NHL.TV
Stars vs Flames Betting Lines
Stars vs Flames Prediction
The Dallas Stars have grabbed the bull by its horns in this series, so far. They’ve been the more impressive team, underlining their darkhorse credentials as they level a series few believed they’d be competitive in, nevermind winning it outright.
Two games isn’t a huge cross-section by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s the length of the postseason so far.
It’s worth noting that the Stars are at the top of the defensive leaderboard with 0.5 goals conceded in two games. It’s also important to note that the Flames are the second-best with a 1.0 goal against average.
On the flipside, both teams are at the bottom of the offensive stats board with the Flames averaging merely 0.5 goals per game and the Stars average 1.0 goals per game.
If that’s not evidence of a tight series, what is? Certainly, the first two games have been a lot tighter than the NHL odds suggested. There’s a strong possibility, therefore, that Game 3 will fall in line with the previous two, serving up a tight contest between this pair that is a tossup for NHL picks.
With all that in mind, the Stars are still the value play here to win. It’s the first game of the playoff series to take place before a sold-out crowd at American Airlines Center. The atmosphere is bound to be electric and the Stars will be extra motivated to give their fans something to cheer about.