Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars - 8/14/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Dallas Stars (38-27-8) at Calgary Flames (40-28-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Calgary Flames -111 / Dallas Stars -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames meet Friday in game three of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Dallas Stars look for back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Dallas Stars are averaging 1.50 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with two goals, Miro Heiskanen has five assists and Jamie Benn has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.25 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up four goals on 32 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed eight goals on 88 shots.
The Calgary Flames look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.80 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Dillon Dube leads Calgary with three goals, Sean Monahan has four assists and Noah Hanifin has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 1.60 goals per game and are killing 89.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed eight goals on 136 shots faced.
The Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Calgary and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The nder is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I didn't want much to do with the Dallas Stars based on how they played in their round robin games, but they showed heart and toughness in their game two victory. The Stars bounced back after giving up an early goal and then quickly responded after giving up a late goal to blow a 3-1 lead. That last second victory to prevent overtime can do wonders for a teams confidence and it shifts the momentum heading into the next contest, especially with this game less than 24 hours later. I'll lean toward the Stars in this game.