Flames vs. Stars Prediction
The Calgary Flames have lost three games in a row going into tonight's contest at the Dallas Stars. Can Calgary turn it around as the underdogs in this spot?
Sunday, December 22, 2019
American Airlines Center at 7:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Stars are a -140 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Flames are a +120 underdog, while the total sits at 5.5 goals. As of Sunday morning, 53 percent of public bets are being placed on host Dallas. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Flames fall to Canadiens in OT
Calgary lost 4-3 in overtime Thursday night at home versus Montreal to drop to 18-14-5 on the season. Matthew Tkachuk gave the Flames a 1-0 lead with 12:26 left in the first period on a goal assisted by Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane. Lindholm made it 2-0 on the power play with eight seconds left in the first off assists by Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau. The Canadiens tied it up with a pair of goals in the second period, but Calgary grabbed the lead again with 13:13 remaining in the third period on a tally from Oliver Kylington with assists courtesy of Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin. Montreal evened it up again five-plus minutes later before winning it 3:52 into the extra session. David Rittich took the loss as he surrendered four goals on 43 shots.
Stars struggle at Panthers
Dallas lost by a score of 7-4 Friday night at Florida to drop to 20-13-4 on the season. The Stars tied it up at 1-1 in the first period on a Denis Gurianov goal assisted by Corey Perry and John Klingberg. The Panthers took the lead at 2-1 later in the first and then erupted to go ahead 7-1 in the second period. Tyler Seguin finally answered on the power play with 3:22 left in the second to bring Dallas within five goals as Esa Lindell and Roope Hintz drew assists. Seguin found the back of the net again a little over seven minutes into the third period off a Joe Pavelski assist. Jamie Benn made it a 7-4 game six minutes later as Miro Heiskanen and Perry assisted. Ben Bishop suffered the defeat as he gave up six goals on 20 shots before getting yanked. Anton Khubodin surrendered one additional goal on 13 attempts.
NHL Betting Trends
The Flames are 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog. Calgary is 19-8 in its last 27 Sunday games.
The Stars are 10-3 in their last 13 home games. Dallas is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
The underdog has won the last five times in this series and with Calgary in need of a win to get out of its slump and Dallas struggling on the back end last game, I''m going to take a shot on the visitors here. Calgary was in pretty good shape prior to the current skid and after the season it had a year ago, I'm not about to discount this squad. Going with the plus money here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CALGARY FLAMES +120