Stars vs. Flames Pick – NHL March 25th

This is a game tonight that is important for both teams tonight. The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are both fighting for their playoff lives and need a strong finish to make it to the next level. The Stars have more of a uphill battle to secure a playoff position, but are currently playing like a team that want to be there. All they can do is play the best they can and hope for the best at the end of the regular season. The Flames are in a fight, mainly the Kings, for the final playoff seed. They are tied with LA at the moment and got bad news last night as the Kings were able to beat the Rangers, 4-2. Every game and point is important for the Flames now. A win put against the Stars tonight would put more pressure on LA to keep up. I can’t bet against the Kings to play well this time of year, so I have to give the nod to them. However, it would be a hard pill to swallow if the Flames don’t make it in. They’ve played their hearts out this season and have gone above and beyond expectations. Quite the turnaround for this team from a year ago.

The Stars have been playing well lately, and will need to play out of their minds. They are in a race to catch the Flames and Kings, six points behind them with 80 points. Playing out of their minds may not even be good enough if the Kings and Flames keep winning games. So they’re going to need to keep winning and get some help. It’ll be a tough task for the Stars, but crazier things have happened, there is still lots of time to go. Again, if I was betting on this playoff race though, I am putting my money on the Kings. Nevertheless, the Flames and Kings are both deserving teams. Either team could give the Blues, Ducks, or Predators a run for their money in the first round.

Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames

The Stars have been hot, but they’ll need to get a win against the team their trying to catch tonight. In other words, this is a huge game for both squads in this one. The Stars are trying to catch up while the Flames are looking to keep pace in the race. Dallas is winners of three straight games and 6-1 in their last seven games. Going back ten games they are 8-2. Note that two of those wins in their past three was against the Penguins and Blackhawks, so they aren’t going to give up on the playoffs just yet. The defense has been playing much better for them, as they allowed 2.30 goals per game in their last ten games. That is a nice jump for a team that was last defensively in the NHL for a long portion of the season. Their goal scoring was still solid in that stretch as well, notching 3.10 goals a game.

The offense has been throttling other teams lately for the Flames, where they scored 3.50 goals a game in their past ten affairs. Note that Calgary had an offense that couldn’t do much last season. They were in the bottom half of the league, but have really made strides in improving those efforts. They have always been able to play well on offense against the Stars. Conversely, as have the Stars against the Flames. The OVER is 7-1-2 their last ten times when meeting up. It is also 10-1-3 their last fourteen meetings. Looks like there might be more goals tonight between the Stars and Flames. I like our chances to make a bet on it.