The Dallas Stars tried, but they couldn’t fend off the Edmonton Oilers last night. Their road trip took a sour note, after the Oilers potted 2 goals with less than 10 minutes remaining in the 3rd to take a 5-4 win. The loss handed them their second loss in two games, with a loss in Denver and then Edmonton last night.
Not the most favourable schedule for the Stars, as they’ll look to get above .500 with a win tonight against the Flames. The Flames took a 5-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. It wasn’t that much of a contest from the get-go. The Stars and Flames are an even 5-5-0 heading into their matchup tonight.
That sounds about right. The Stars and Flames are about even on paper. I will give the slight edge to the Stars. though, because there is certainly more fire power on their roster than the Flames. The Flames do not have a Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin on their roster. However, the inept Dallas defence is going to keep them an average team in the standings. After reaching the playoffs a couple of years ago, it looked like they figured their defensive issues out. They reverted back to their old ways in 2016-17, though, missing out on the playoffs because of poor play in their own zone.
Ten games into the 2017-18 and not much has changed. They hoped Ben Bishop was going to find his groove again in Dallas, but he is in no groove between the pipes. Bishop had a much better defence to work with in Tampa and LA, but the results still weren’t there. How the mighty have fallen, and fast.
Bishop was regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the league back in 2013 to 2016. Since posting a 2.06 GAA in 2015-16, Bishop has been going the wrong way. After getting the start last night, I expect Bishop to get the night off. Kari Lehtonen should be the guy, who hasn’t been playing any better than him. Head below for our free Stars vs. Flames pick.
Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames Pick
Dallas and Calgary are often regarded as sister cities, and they will probably follow the lead of one another in the standings this year. One can find some separation with a win tonight, however. If the Stars don’t want to play on defence again though, it’s going to be result in another loss. In their last four games they’ve allowed an average of 4.25 goals per game and 35 shots per game. In just their last two games they have given up 10 goals in total. Allowing 5 goals to the Colorado Avalanche is not a good look. Overall, they are surrendering 3.10 goals per game.
It isn’t anything new for the Stars. Last season they allowed 3.17 goals per game, which resulted in them finishing 29th in the NHL. The only team behind them in the regard was the Avs. Lehtonen will enter with an abysmal GAA of 4.00 and 0.851 save percentage. The Flames have been joined at the hip with the Stars defensively this season, as they’re allowing just .10 less goals than the Stars with 3 allowed per game. The OVER has gone 4-0 in the Stars last four games, predictably. They’re either scoring a lot, allowing the other team to slice them up, or both. The Stars will once again be a bottom-5 team on defence. Expect a tired Stars team to fail to provide much support for Lehtonen.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)