Both the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars were shut out in their last game. The Flames offense had been clicking and the Stars are one of the league’s best offensive teams at home. Which of these two teams will rebound on Friday?
The Flames have won four of their last seven games against the Stars, who won 2-1 in Calgary on October 27th as Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas, while Johnny Gaudreau responded for Calgary. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots for the Stars, while Mike Smith made 22 saves for the Flames. Five of the seven games have gone under the posted total, with five games coming in at 5.5 goals and the last two have been at six goals even.
The Flames are 12-7-1 after a 1-0 overtime loss in Columbus. It was the fourth of a six-game road trip. They have scored four goals or more in five of their last ten games. The oddity here is that the overtime loss gives them a point, so the team still has momentum. However, if you were betting them, you took a loss in that spot.
The good news for the Flames is that they should be able to get their offense going again on Friday as they’re expected to go against Ben Bishop. He’s struggled this month, posting a .891 save percentage with a 2.90 GAA. As for Flames netminder Mike Smith, he is 6-1-1 on the road this season with a sparkling 1.84 GAA and a .950 save percentage.
The Stars are 11-10-1 after a 3-0 loss in Colorado as Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 32 shots, but the Stars couldn’t find the back of the net on any of their 28 shots. The Stars are doing fine on the power play, ranking second in the league and they’re a solid penalty-killing team, coming in eighth. However, they’re just 20th in goals scored and 16th in goals allowed.
The good news for them is that they have very diverging splits. At home, they are 8-2-0 compared to 3-8-1 on the road. Their offense is ninth in goals per game at home with 3.5 and they’re allowing just 1.80, which is actually the best mark in the NHL. The challenge is when they get on the road where they allow 3.83 and score just 2.17.
The Stars have won eight of their last nine at home, scoring at least three goals in eight of those contests. Look for their offense to get back on track in this one.
Flames vs Stars Prediction