Dallas Stars will host the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the NHL 2021-22 playoffs. The hosts eye the third straight victory that could bring them very close to the conference semi-finals. The away side searches for the way back to the winning track and a chance to celebrate on the road.
Dallas was successful on the home ice in the most recent match, and they want to repeat the same result here. Another win would see them getting just one step away from the next round. On the other hand, Calgary hasn’t shown its attacking potential yet. The visitors hope they can be more clinical in front of the opposition’s net to level the tie after four games.
Dallas Stars – Can they continue the winning streak?
The Stars kicked off the series with a narrow 1-0 defeat on the road, but they managed to celebrate in the next two encounters. They took the lead in the series for the first time after celebrating a 4-2 victory on Saturday evening. It was another close game that could go either way, but the hosts were eventually more successful. These two teams entered the final period leveled, but Dallas scored twice in the last 20 minutes to seal an important victory. The Stars had fewer shots than their rivals again, but their rock-solid defense led them to success. On the other hand, Dallas won three faceoffs more than Calgary.
Joe Pavelski is the most clinical player in Dallas’s offense in the playoffs, netting three times so far. Jani Hakanpaa and Miro Heiskanen lead the assists charts with two each, while no other skater managed to chip in with more than a point. Radek Faksa, Michael Raffl, and Roope Hintz are the remaining Stars players that got their names displayed on the scoresheet in the post-season. On the goal, Jake Oettinger has been the first-choice goalie for Dallas with three assists, allowing just one goal per contest and having a brilliant .969 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Jake Oettinger, Ryan Suter, Esa Lindell, Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
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Calgary Flames – Will they improve their offense?
The Flames got the lead in the series after Game 1, but they didn’t impress in that encounter. Afterward, they suffered two straight defeats, finding the back of the net just twice during that period. Although it seemed they could get revenge for an upset in their second encounter, Calgary wasn’t focused enough in the final period of Game 3. Despite having more shots fired to the opponent’s goal, they eventually lost 4-2. The visitors need to be more clinical in the final third to level the series and avoid bigger drama.
No Calgary player managed to contribute to the team’s offense with more than two points. Only Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, and Johnny Gaudreau have more than a point in the offensive charts. Elias Lindholm tops the list of scorers with two goals, while Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk logged two assists each. Just three more players managed to enter the offensive stats for Calgary in the playoffs. On the other hand, Jacob Markstrom has been quite good between the pipes. He concedes only 1.36 goals per match and has a .942 save percentage, but that’s not enough for his team’s lead in this series.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
Expert Pick #1 – Under 5.5 @-130
Although their latest clash went over the margin, Dallas won’t change the winning recipe in the series. It was another tight clash, and I anticipate another one with less than six goals. I’ll continue to back the Under, and that’s going to be my first pick here.
Expert Pick #2 – Dallas Stars to win @+140
The Stars have a great chance to get a huge advantage before going to Calgary. They were confident on the home ice in the latest match despite being underdogs. Dallas is in a similar position ahead of this game, but I’ll back them as my second bet on the plus money odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Flames Under 2.5 @+140
Despite having a very talented offense, Calgary failed to score more than twice per match during this series. Dallas will continue to hold its backline tight, and they might succeed once again. Although this pick is pretty risky, I’ll take it as my second alternative for this matchup.