SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Calgary Flames host the Dallas Stars in game two of their best-of-seven first round playoff matchup in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.
The Calgary Flames will be looking to take a 2-0 stranglehold on the series when it shifts to Dallas for game three after winning Monday’s series opener by a final score of 1-0. Elias Lindholm got the Flames on the board on the power play just over five minutes into the game, but although no one knew at the time, that was all the goal-scoring we’d see the entire night. Dallas was held to three shots in the first period and third period as Calgary outshot the Stars 26-16 in the game.
Jacob Markstrom got the win between the pipes for Calgary, stopping all 16 shots faced for the shutout while Jake Oettinger ended up with the loss in goal for Dallas, despite stopping 25 of 26 shots faced in the losing effort.
Dallas is 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Calgary is 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite and 22-8 in their last 30 home games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
I get the case to be made both ways here, but I’m still squarely looking at the Dallas Stars on the puck line. Dallas didn’t get the win in game one, but as expected, it was a defensive war that only saw one goal and saw the bulk of the action take place in the neutral zone. Dallas brought the Flames down to their style of play, but in the end, the Stars couldn’t take advantage of the adjustment and in the end the Flames came out on top. The thing for me is that the only way to get value out of Calgary is to back Calgary on the puck line, but -1.5 puck lines can be tricky in playoff hockey to begin with, especially in a series where every game could be a one-goal game. Give me Dallas +1.5 as I’m expecting another tight one here.