The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars can honestly brag about being the only two teams who didn’t expect to be facing each other at all in this postseason. While the Stars were all but set to face Colorado in the first round of this season’s playoffs, a last-minute change due to Nashville losing in their last game of the season against Arizona saw the whole playoff scenario change, with Dallas now having to face Calgary and Colorado now having to face Nashville instead of how it was originally slated to go down. Now, today, from Canada, the Stars and Flames will lock down for their second first-round playoff series in the last three years.
If you were to pick a team that looks best suited for a true Stanley Cup title run, then the Calgary Flames would probably be the first choice for most hockey fans. Their offense, who had three players scoring over 40 goals each this season, with Johnny Gaudreau putting up his best season numbers with 115 points, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk look more than ready to take Dallas for a ride. But it’s not just on offense where Calgary thrives.
Take goaltender Jacob Markstrom, Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson with Oliver Kylington and Chris Tanev and you end up with one of the best defensive units in the league. Meaning in short that it doesn’t matter from where you see this team, it is stacked all over, which could only mean trouble for Dallas. With the idea of being able to take the Stanley Cup back up north for the first time since the early 90’s, if there was ever a time for Calgary to do so it’s this season.
For the Dallas Stars, this playoff series is all about showing why last season’s playoff absence was a fluke other than anything else. Now, would they have wanted to be pitted against another competitor than Calgary? Yes, sure, except if it was Colorado, the only other team better than Calgary, but now that they have the Flames to face in this series, Dallas will be looking to make the best of it.
This is why the Stars will be relying heavily on what Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski can do on the ice. At the end of it all, the main reason why Dallas is in the playoffs is how these three players took over and carried the team into the postseason, so why stop now? If Dallas can use the underdog character to their advantage and play without as much pressure as Calgary to deliver, we could be in for a great series from Dallas’ point of view.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game Information
- Date: 05/03/2022
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
- How to Watch Stars vs Flames: CBC
- Live Stream: NHL.TV
Stars vs Flames Betting Lines
Stars are +185 according to our Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $185. On the other side, Flames are -225 according to the Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $44.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Stars at a 35.09% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Flames have 69.23% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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