In our NHL predictions for Sunday, May 15, we’re breaking down Game 7 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference first-round series between Dallas and Calgary to get you the best Stars vs Flames betting pick and odds. Calgary opened as a firm -180 home fave, while Dallas was listed as a +162 moneyline dog.
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Stars vs Flames Betting Pick
This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome at 9:30 PM ET on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Why Bet The Flames:
✅ Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk combined for a whopping 219 points last regular season. Gaudreau had 40 goals and 75 assists, while Tkachuk added 42 goals and 62 dishes. The Flames desperately need more from this duo in the postseason. Tkachuk hasn’t found the net yet, tallying four assists in the process, while Gaudreau has accounted for five assists and only one goal. Game 7 is a perfect opportunity for a couple of superstars to prove their worth.
✅ The Flames suffered a 4-2 loss in Game 6, and Jakob Markstrom still had a solid night in the crease. The 32-year-old netminder posted 36 saves, but it wasn’t enough, while the Stars sealed the victory on an empty net. Markstrom has done a superb job in this series, tallying a 1.52 GAA and .945 save percentage. He should be a key factor in Game 7.
✅ Calgary has won five of its last six home contests. The Flames have been playing well on the home ice over the last few months, going 21-9 in their previous 30 showings at Scotiabank Saddledome. On the other side, the Stars have won only one of their last six contests on the road.
Jake Oettinger, who’s patrolled the crease in each of the previous six games, is Dallas’ secret weapon. The 23-year-old goaltender boasts a 1.69 GAA and .954 save percentage this postseason. He recorded a shutout in Game 2 while posting 50 saves in a 4-1 defeat in Game 4 at home.
Center Joe Pavelski leads the charge for the skaters with three goals and a couple of assists. Winger Roope Hintz has a pair of goals and dishes, while center Tyler Seguin has accounted for two goals and one assist.
The Flames missed a chance to clinch the first-round series last Friday, suffering a 4-2 defeat at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Michael Stone and Mikael Backlund found the back of the net for the Flames, who took 38 shots toward Jake Oettinger.
However, the Flames won a whopping 23 faceoffs fewer than their rivals (44-21). Also, they recorded 15 hits less than the Stars (38-23).