The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames meet Wednesday in game 5 of the West First Round NHL Playoffs at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Dallas Stars look for their second road win to take a 3-2 series lead. The Calgary Flames look for back-to-back wins to go up 3-2.
The Dallas Stars are averaging 1.75 goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with 3 goals, Miro Heiskanen has 2 assists and Jason Robertson has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 1.75 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Oettinger has allowed 6 goals on 149 shots faced.
The Calgary Flames are averaging 1.75 goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 3 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 3 assists and Noah Hanifin has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 1.75 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 5 goals on 104 shots faced.
The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Pacific. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Stars last 8 vs. Pacific. The under is 5-1 in Flames last 6 overall. The Stars are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Calgary.
You can make a case for the Stars because it feels like momentum hasn’t meant much, and the home team has actually won five of the last eight meetings between these teams. With that said, the Calgary Flames are coming off their best showing of the series and this feels like a spot where they flex their muscle at home. The Flames entered this series as the better team, and they’ve been great at home all year. With us now at the business end of the series, the Flames need to take care of business and take control of this thing. Give me the Flames and the PL for max betting value.