Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars will face each other in the NHL playoffs decider on Sunday evening. The hosts want to bounce back after the latest defeat and win on the home ice. The away side searches for another success on the road that will secure them a ticket for the conference semi-finals.
Calgary missed the chance to celebrate on the road on Friday evening and end this series. Nevertheless, they will have another opportunity in front of their fans on Sunday evening. On the other hand, Dallas was successful two days ago, and they want to repeat the same in Calgary. The visitors should keep their defense tight to be competitive in this encounter.
Calgary Flames – Will they be confident at home?
The Flames had an opportunity to finish the job in this series on Friday evening, but they failed to win in Dallas. A 4-2 defeat postponed their plans, and Calgary will have another shot at Scotiabank Saddledome. They were chasing the rival’s advantage throughout Game 6 but failed to succeed. Although Calgary managed to equalize after being 2-0 down, they conceded two more goals by the end of the match. The Flames had two shots less than their rivals, but they also won 23 faceoffs less. On the other hand, Calgary had 12 penalty minutes more than Dallas.
Johnny Gaudreau tops the Flames’ offensive charts with a team-high five assists and six points in total. Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm have produced four points each, while Trevor Lewis has chipped in with three pts. Four other Calgary skaters managed to contribute to the team’s offense with two points each. On the goal, Jacob Markstrom has been the only goalie for the Flames in the playoffs, having a .945 save percentage and allowing 1.52 goals per game.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
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Dallas Stars – Can they stay disciplined in the back?
The Stars stayed alive in this series and secured a chance to fight for a place in the conference semi-finals in a decider. They controlled the previous encounter on Friday evening and booked a vital 4-2 victory. Dallas’s defense was pretty disciplined again, and they let the Flames find the back of the net only twice. The Stars fired a pair of shots more than their rivals, while they also won 23 faceoffs more. They managed to beat Calgary on the road in Game 2, and the visitors hope for similar success.
Joe Pavelski tops all offensive charts for the Stars, producing three goals and a pair of assists for a total of five points. Roope Hintz has contributed to Dallas’s offense with four pts, while Tyler Seguin, Michael Raffl, Jason Robertson, and Miro Heiskanen have chipped in with three pts each. Four other players have produced two points apiece for the Stars. On the other hand, Jake Oettinger keeps the defense tight with a .954 save percentage and allows 1.69 goals per contest during the playoffs.
Expected Line-Up: Jake Oettinger, Ryan Suter, Esa Lindell, Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Stars +1.5 @-160
This series has cone back and forth so far, and it’s challenging to predict the winner, although the hosts are favorites. Even if Calgary wins this one, I don’t think they will beat the Stars by more than a goal. That’s why I’ll back the visitors at the puck line market as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @-140
It should be another tight match with no more than five goals in total. Just two games of this series went over a 5.5 margin, and we should se another close battle between these two sides. Therefore, I’ll go with the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Flames Under 3.5 @-170
Calgary scored more than three goals just once in this series, and although they have a very talented offense, I believe Dallas will keep them under a 3.5 margin again. Although the odds are not very generous, I’ll try with this pick as the second alternative for this matchup.