Flames Favored To Win Game 5
The Calgary Flames leveled their first-round playoff series with the Dallas Stars on Monday night, setting up a pivotal Game 5 at the Saddledome on Wednesday night. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET.
BetUS opened with the Flames tipped as the overwhelming -220 favorites to win. Equally, the Stars are significantly disadvantaged on the NHL odds board at +180. The total is projected to 5½ with the UNDER favored at -125.
Find out where the value NHL picks are as we weigh in on this matchup and serve up a betting verdict.
Stars Drop Game 4
The Dallas Stars saw their two-game winning streak snapped at American Airlines Center on Monday night as they succumbed to a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. The series shifts back to Alberta for a pivotal Game 5 that is cornered with the hosts across NHL betting markets.
Not only are the Stars at a disadvantage to win Game 5, but they’re also heavily disadvantaged in the NHL series markets. The Stars are priced at +180 to win Game 5 and at +200 to win the series and advance into the second round.
The Stars went into this series as the big +280 underdogs and after the first game went in favor of the Flames, the Stars saw their series odds almost double to +500.
Following wins in Games 2 and 3, though, the Stars’ odds to win this series moved briefly to -115. In fact, they were nudging ahead of the Flames, who were priced at -105.
But that was before Game 4. Now, with the series knotted up, the Flames are back in favor again.
Jake Oettinger did all he could, saving 50 shots over the course of the game, but the Stars couldn’t produce offense in their loss to Calgary Monday night.
— x – Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 10, 2022
Flames Capitalize on Stars’ Mistakes
The Dallas Stars practically gift-wrapped the win for the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Their puck-handling was atrocious, coughing it up way too often and early in the game. These turnovers that came at almost every turn made Calgary’s job all too easy indeed.
Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom was solid as he made 34 saves to help his side take the series-saving win. Johnny Gaudreau scored on a penalty shot to give the Flames the 2-0 lead. Elias Lindstrom skated down the ice virtually unchallenged and beat Jake Oettinger to score Calgary’s third goal of the game and Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter.
Calgary had outshot Dallas in each of the first three games, but they were unable to crack the Stars’ solid backline and defense. They scored only three goals through the first three games.
The Flames had Oettinger besieged in Game 4, firing 50 shots at the Stars netminder in a relentless onslaught. The constant pressure finally yielded results with Rasmus Andersson breaking the deadlock halfway through the second period.
“We played our most complete game in the series and we’ve got to bring it again.”
Hear from Mikael Backlund following the 4-1 win over Dallas in Game 4. pic.twitter.com/iu8WV37zRl
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 10, 2022
Stars vs Flames Head-to-Head
The Flames won two of the three meetings in the regular season. The Stars won the first meeting 4-3 on November 4, 2021. Then the Flames reeled off two consecutive victories – winning 4-3 (Feb. 1) and 4-2 (Apr. 21) – to take the 2-1 edge.
In the playoffs, this trend has continued, delivering one of the tightest contest. Not only are both teams tied on two wins, but they’re also, ironically, tied with each side scoring 7 goals through four games.
Stars vs Flames Game Information
- Game: Stars (46-30-6) vs Flames (50-21-11)
- Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
- Stars vs Flames Streaming: NHL.TV
Stars vs Flames Betting Lines
Stars vs Flames Prediction
Although the Calgary Flames are favored across the sportsbook exchange, the reality is that this series is tighter than an accountant’s purse.
Based on the regular season, the Flames are undoubtedly the so-called “better” team. However that in of itself is not a guarantee of anything and it certainly doesn’t mean that the Flames are a sure bet to win and advance.
Clearly, Dallas didn’t get that memo! They’ve been punching above their perceived weight class from the start, giving the Flames a run for their money.
The Stars looked great in the second and third games and seemed poised to take this series by the scruff of its neck in Game 4.
However, playoff hockey is unpredictable with frequent momentum swings from game to game. Insofar as Monday’s loss was a huge disappointment for the Stars, not least because they played a big part in their own demise, the good news is that these kind of things are fixable.
Look for Dallas to put Monday’s loss behind them. Oettinger has been outstanding in this series, so too has the Stars defense.