Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 27, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
Calgary Flames -166; O/U: 5.5
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The Dallas Stars look to continue their strong road play and make a push for the playoffs as they head into Calgary to battle the Flames on Wednesday.
The Stars currently occupy the top wild card spot in the Western Conference and are just 6 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the third automatic berth in the Central division but their quest for a playoff spot is far from over and they need to get a win on the road against the Flames. Dallas has had issues scoring this season which is hard to believe based on the wealth of offensive weapons at their disposal including Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Radulov but the play of their team defense and goaltender Ben Bishop has propelled them into one of the best record in the Western Conference. Dallas has won 5 games in a row away from home and are an impressive 6-2 in their last 8 trips to Calgary but things won’t come easy as the Flames are still fending off suitors for top spot in the Pacific division.
The Flames were the first team in the West to punch their ticket to the playoffs and with 6 games remaining on their schedule and a 6 point edge over the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the division it looks as though they will comfortably claim top spot in the Western Conference and match up with the second wild card team in the opening round. With that being said, this could very well be a first round preview as the Stars are just 3 points up on the Avs for the top wild card spot and a slip up down the stretch could send the Stars back to Calgary for the opening two games of the playoffs so this game could very well have significant implications in the coming weeks.
The Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Flames while Calgary is 11-5 in their last 16 against the Central and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Dallas has plenty in their favor here and in a game that means much more to them than it does for Calgary look for Bishop to be the different in a Dallas victory.