The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars are two NHL teams heading in different directions.
Calgary will enter play Monday night looking to snap a five-game losing streak, while Dallas will look to extend its winning streak to four contests.
The Flames are coming off a 3-0 home loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and have only two wins over their last 10 games. While the Stars tallied seven goals in a convincing 7-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Dallas is -130 on the moneyline on Monday night and the total is set at six goals.
|Flames Moneyline Odds||+110|
|Stars Moneyline Odds||-130|
|Over/Under||6 goals (over +105, under -125)|
|Time/Date||Monday, March 6, 8:30 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet West|
This will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season. Calgary came away with a 6-5 victory in Dallas on Jan. 14 but it wasn’t pretty. The Flames built a 6-2 lead heading into the third period, but Dallas scored three unanswered goals in the final frame to make it close. These teams will play again on March 18 in Calgary.
About the Flames (27-23-10-3, 26-37 ATS, 31-31 o/u)
The Flames are now seven points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference as the losses continue to pile up. Calgary’s shooters have only found the back of the net eight times over the last five games and goaltending continues to be an issue for the struggling team, which ranks 28th in save percentage (.891) despite allowing the second-fewest shots (1,515) in the league this year.
Monday night’s contest is the first of a back-to-back set for the Flames, who will fly north to Minnesota immediately after the game for a tilt with the Wild on Tuesday night. Calgary needs to turn things around, and fast, if it hopes to remain in the playoff conversation during the final weeks of the regular season.
Player to watch: Jonathan Huberdeau
After recording a career-high 115 points last season for the Florida Panthers, Huberdeau has been an epic disappointment since being acquired by the Flames. The centre is pointless in two games this month after managing just two goals and five assists in the month of February. However, he recorded two assists last time out versus the Stars.
About the Stars (34-16-10-3, 36-27 ATS, 22-36 o/u)
The Stars are back on top of the Central Division standings thanks to a 4-0-1 record over their last five games since a five-game losing skid in February. A huge win over the Avalanche last Saturday should give the Stars some momentum coming into this one, especially Joe Pavelski and Mason Marchment, who snapped significant goal droughts (Pavelski 18 games and Marchment 33 games) in the victory.
Dallas will embark on a six-game road trip after Monday’s clash with the Flames that will conclude with a stop in Calgary on March 18.
Player to watch: Jason Robertson
Robertson is coming off a three-point performance (two goals, one assist) against Colorado on Saturday night and now has six points over his last three games. The 23-year-old forward has 37 goals and 42 assists through 63 games and is on pace to break his career high of 41 goals set last season.
Flames: Dan Vladar (12-7-5, 2.86 GAA, .895 SV%) – unconfirmed.
Stars: Jake Oettinger (24-8-10, 2.31 GAA, .922 SV%) – confirmed.
- The Flames are 4-1 in the past five meetings.
- The over is 4-1 in the past five meetings between the teams in Dallas.
- The over is 3-0-1 in the Stars’ last four home games.
- The over is 4-1 in Calgary’s last five road games.
Wagers to consider
- Wyatt Johnston over 0.5 points: +110. Johnston is playing on Dallas’ second line with Jamie Benn and new addition Evgeni Dadonov and has a point in each of his last five games. He’s also getting time on the team’s second power play unit.
- Blake Coleman over 2.5 shots on goal: -115. When a team is struggling to score, you can generally expect it to put more shots on goal. Coleman has recorded at least three shots on goal in each of his last four games and is averaging three shots on goal per game over his last six contests.