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3 of 4 Experts (75%) with a pick on the moneyline are aligned. 9* play on the Calgary Flames (Straight-up).
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The set-up: Calgary took two of three from Dallas in the regular season and considering these clubs recent form, I believe the Flames are going to find a way to get the job done in Game 1 of their opening round series. Interesting that these clubs have never met in the playoffs before. Yes the Flames finished the regular season with the 20th ranked offense, bu from January 1st on they moved up into the top seven. In fact Calgary averaged 4.0 GPG in its series win over the Jets. The Flames' special teams was solid with the power play producing at 29.4 per cent and the penalty kill at 88.2 per cent (while also adding a shorthanded goal.) A strong performance from Cam Talbot certainly didn’t hurt either. The netminder went 12-10-1 with average numbers in the regular season but posted a .945 save percentage, 1.51 goals-against average and one shutout in four starts against the Jets.
The pick: The Stars looked terrible in their three round robin games, allowing an average of 36.5 shots per game to the opposition. Dallas was ranked 26th in the NHL in scoring before the break and it looked terrible on that end of the ice during the re-start. I'll back the better in form team here!
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The Flames looked impressive in a play in series against a very tough Winnipeg team. Cam Talbot stood tall, stopping all 31 shots he faced in Game 4. Calgary was ousted in the first round as a #1 seed last year, and they have plenty to prove here against Dallas. The Stars come into this series as losers of eight of their last nine overall. It's hard to believe they can just flip a switch here in this series.
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The Stars scored a total of only 4 goals in regulation time of their 3 games in the round robin. This is a Dallas team that has just one win in its last nine games and that win came in the shootout Sunday against St Louis. The Stars only sent it to the shootout courtesy of a very late goal with just a minute left in the game. The last win in regulation time for Dallas came all the way back on February 25th. Calgary comes into this game surging and already in playoff mode as, while the Stars were playing round robin games, the Flames were playing in a best of five qualifying round series against Winnipeg. Not only did Calgary close out the Jets in 4 games, they scored an average of 4 goals per game! Yes, the Flames have averaged 4 goals per game since action resumed while the Stars have totaled only 4 goals since action resumed. Big difference and, per our computer math model, the Flames skill in the offensive zone proves to be the difference maker as they take Game One of this series.
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Best of luck!
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