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Stars vs Flames Game 2 Picks and Odds

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in NHL Hockey

May 4, 2022 · 9:39 AM PDT

Calgary Flames celebration
May 3, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm (28) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Dallas Stars during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Stars vs Flames odds favor Calgary as -240 moneyline favorites in Game 2 on Thursday (10pm ET)
  • Calgary leads the best-of-7 series 1-0, after a 1-0 victory in Game 1
  • Read below for the Stars vs Flames odds, analysis and betting prediction

We’re only a few days into this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, but so far no contest has epitomized postseason hockey more than the Stars and Flames Game 1 tilt.

The two teams fought for every inch of ice in the series opener, literally, yielding few scoring chances along the way. The end result was a hard fought, 1-0 Calgary victory. The Flames will look to hold serve again on home ice in Game 2 on Thursday.

Stars vs Flames Odds

Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Dallas Stars +1.5 (-130) O 5.5 (-115) +190
Calgary Flames -1.5 (+110) U 5.5 (-105) -240

Odds as of May 4th at Barstool Sportsbook.

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Calgary opened up as -240 moneyline favorites in Game 2, in a contest that features a total of 5.5. Puck drop is scheduled for 10pm ET at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB, with TBS providing the broadcast coverage.

The Flames are currently the third shortest priced team in the Stanley Cup odds, and are overwhelming favorites to advance to the Second Round. Calgary’s price to win the series is now -750 , while Dallas is a +500 underdog to move on.

Dallas vs Calgary Betting Analysis

Calgary came out with the hair on fire in Game 1 and even Dallas coach Rick Bowness thought the Flames were going to run his team out of the building.

Calgary outshot the Stars 11-3 in the opening frame, but an early Elias Lindholm goal was all the offense they could muster. Tempers boiled over at the end of the period, which led to a pair of fights, the second proving costly for Dallas.

The Flames Rasmus Andersson and the Stars John Klingberg were each thrown out for engaging in a secondary fight. The loss of Klingberg, who captains Dallas’ powerplay, was a big reason why the Stars powerplay struggled – more on that later.

The Stars carried the play in the second period but couldn’t solve Calgary goalie Jacob Markstrom, while the final frame was dominated by the Flames.

Both teams had five powerplay opportunities, but only the Flames capitalized with the man advantage. Dallas relied heavily on its powerplay in the regular season, ranking 11th in that category, which helped cover up their poor 5-on-5 play.

The Stars were 20th in goals for and 19th in Corsi. They generated only 10 shots on net at even-strength in Game 1, compared to 19 by the Flames.

Dallas will have to improve its 5-on-5 game if they want to stay competitive in this series. Only five teams had a better penalty kill than the Flames during the regular season, while Calgary ranked third in Corsi.

Stars vs Flames Pick

You get the feeling that this series is going to be full of low scoring, tightly contested affairs, especially if Markstrom has anything to say about it. The top-three contender in the Vezina Trophy odds ranked third in both goals against average and save percentage during the regular season, while Calgary yielded just 2.39 goals per game on home ice.

The discrepancy between these two teams at even strength is another reason to be pessimistic about Dallas’ offensive ceiling. That’s especially true on the road where the Flames get the last change. That gives Calgary bench boss Darryl Sutter full control of who he wants checking the Stars number one line, and he did a masterful job in Game 1 of putting his team in a position to succeed.

The Flames held Dallas’ top line of 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz to zero high danger scoring chances, and a minus-four deficit in shots on goal at even strength.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-105)

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