Flames Favored at Home
It’s come down to the wire between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames, as they are set to go head-to-head for one last time at the Saddledome in Calgary on Sunday night. The puck drops on Game 7 at 9:35 p.m. ET.
NHL betting markets are cornered with the Flames across the board at BetUS. The Flames are tipped as the strong favorites at -190, the Stars are priced as the conspicuous underdogs at +165 while the total is projected to 5½ with a lean towards the UNDER at -135.
Who will win this riveting Western Conference first-round series and advance? Will the Flames come through as the favorites or will the Stars deliver the upset yet again. Find out as we weigh in on this matchup, examine the NHL odds and serve up choice NHL picks.
Stars Stay Alive
The Dallas Stars will not go down without a fight. They’ve showed their grit, tenacity and fightback right from the start of this Western Conference quarterfinal, but never more so than in the last game as they leveled the series 3-3.
With their backs against the wall, facing almost certain elimination, the Starrs defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 at American Airlines Center to force a deciding Game 7.
Defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s late second-period goal proved to be the game winner that helped the Stars defy the betting online odds. Roope4 Hintz and Michael Raffl scored for Dallas while Tyler Seguin added an empty goal.
Goalie Jake Oettinger had another standout night between the posts as he made 36 saves of 38 saves. Heiskanen’s go-ahead goal gave the Stars the 3-2 lead in the final period and Oettinger buckled down for the final 20 minutes of the game.
Flames Missed Chance
The Calgary Flames were the runaway favorites to win Game 6 on Friday night as per the sportsbook exchange, but they failed to deliver on their hefty odds and missed an opportune chance to clinch the series.
The Flames got off to a slow start at the American Airlines Center and paid for it, even though they rallied to level the score 2-2.
Goalie Jacob Markstrom was brilliant between the posts as he made 36 of 39 saves while Michael Stone and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary.
The Flames struggled to control the puck and create high-danger scoring opportunities. A lot of credit goes to the Stars for clogging up the ice and effectively stifling the Flames offense.
"You've got to make plays, you've got to execute plays, you've got to finish plays. Your desire to win and your will to win has to be there."
Milan Lucic checks in with the media to discuss tomorrow's Game 7 vs. Dallas. pic.twitter.com/r2dCA1UYuj
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 14, 2022
Stars vs Flames Head-to-Head
This conference quarterfinal series has been one of the tightest of the playoffs. The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are tied 3-3.
This has been one of the lower scoring series as well with the Flames scoring 12 goals through six games and the Stars scoring 13 goals. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last six games.
Stars vs Flames Game Information
- Game: Dallas Stars (46-30-6) at Calgary Flames (50-21-11)
- Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 15, 2022 9:35 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Stars vs Flames Betting Lines
Stars vs Flames Prediction
The defense has ruled for the most part in this series, so it’s likely that it will be the deciding factor in this final showdown between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames.
From the start of this NHL playoff series, the Flames were tipped as the favorites to win and advance. In keeping with that market outlook, it’s not surprising that the Flames remain the favorites for this final game, even though they are coming off a loss.
The Stars weren’t expected to challenge the Flames, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Their efforts and competitive play notwithstanding, they’ve remained the underdogs throughout.
The Stars are the quintessential dangerous floaters of these playoffs. Two years ago, they reached the Stanley Cup Final against the odds (lost to Tampa Bay). During that run, they beat the Flames in six games, the Colorado Avalanche in seven games and the Vegas Golden Knights in five games before losing to the Bolts in six.
The Stars denied the Flames in Game 6 to earn a crack at this series this Sunday. The Flames may be the popular bet and the consensus NHL pick, but the Stars could well deliver the upset on the road.