- What: Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars
- Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
- Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: SNF, SNW, BSSW, ESPN+
Tonight, the NHL Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars welcome the Calgary Flames to the not-so-friendly American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Stars have played remarkably well at home this year, putting together the best home record in the West at 17-8-8. Dallas is coming off a 7-3 trouncing of the Colorado Avalanche at home on Saturday. Calgary brings a 12-10-10 road record with them to Dallas. The Flames are on a five-game losing skid. Their most recent loss was a 3-0 shutout setback to the Minnesota Wild at home on Saturday.
Dallas leads the Western Conference with a 34-16-13 record. That mark gives the team 81 points on the 2023 NHL season, which puts them one point ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings in the conference standings. Meanwhile, Calgary is 27-23-13 in 2023. The Flames remain in the hunt for a wild card spot, but they trail the Edmonton Oilers, Avalanche and Nashville Predators in that race. With that, Calgary needs every point it can get with less than 20 games left in its 2023 season.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars picks for March 6, 2023
Calgary Flames breakdown
The Flames have not been consistent this season. The team’s longest winning streak is three games, which it has managed twice in 2023. Meanwhile, Calgary has endured losing skids of seven games and five games (twice) this year. Tonight, the team looks to avoid having the second of those five-game losing runs extend to six games when they face the surging Dallas Stars. The Flames are 2-5-3 in their past 10 outings and that’s not great if they hope to play in the 2023 NHL playoffs.
Tyler Toffoli is the team’s leading scorer with 53 points. He’s also tops on the team with 25 goals. Meanwhile, Elias Lindholm leads the club in assists with 34. Outside of Toffoli and Lindholm, no Flames player has more than 45 points.
The Flames goaltending duo of Jacob Markstrom and Dan Vladar have been average on the season with a combined goals against average of 3.06. The pair’s save percentage is .891.
Dallas Stars breakdown
The Dallas Stars are having a good 2023 season. No team has more points in the Western Conference than the Stars and the team also leads the conference in goal differential on the year at plus 45.
While Jason Robertson has been consistent all season, Roope Hintz might be the player to watch when it comes to the Stars heading into tonight’s game. The 26-year-old has eight points and six goals in the Stars’ past five games. On Thursday, Hintz had a hat trick in the team’s win over the Blackhawks and followed that with a two assist performance against the Avalanche. The Colorado game was the first time Hintz was held goalless since February 22. Meanwhile, Robertson leads the team in points (79), goals (37) and assists (42).
The Stars have received solid goaltending from Jake Oettinger this season. The team’s starter has a .922 save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average.
Best bet for Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars
When it comes to confidence heading into tonight’s Western Conference game between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars, the teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum. With how these clubs have played recently, the pick is for the Stars to beat the Flames at home.
Pick: Dallas Stars to beat the Calgary Flames.
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