NHL Picks: Stars vs. Flames

David Schwab

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:35 PM GMT

The Dallas Stars continue their three-game road trip north of the border with a stop at the Scotiabank Saddledome for a Wednesday night matchup against the Calgary Flames.

NHL Picks- Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames

This game is slated to get underway at 6:30 p.m. (PT) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice and locally on TSN. 

YTD NHL Free Picks Record: 15-3-2

Stars Betting Overview

Dallas extended its current winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday night as a 106 road underdog. It has outscored its opponents 13-6 during this run and is now just four points back in the Pacific Division with an overall record of 7-5-1. The Stars are 4-4 on the road this season and the total has ended in a PUSH in three of its last four games with the line set at five.

Scoring 13 goals in their last four games is a much welcomed sign for the Stars considering that they are still only averaging 2.2 goals-per-game for the year. Jaromir Jagr continues to prove that he has plenty of gas left in the tank at 40-years old with a team-high nine points (4 goals and 5 assists). The real strength of this team lies in a defense that is holding opponents to just 2.2 goals a game. Goalie Kari Lehtonen has led the way with a .933 save percentage and GAA of 2.17.

Flames Betting Overview

The Flames started their week off with a 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota as 107 home favorites to fall to 3-4-3 on the year. They are just 1-3-2 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games.

Calgary has shown glimpses of greatness this season with tough shootout losses to both Chicago and Vancouver, but it has struggled to find a goal when it needed to the most. It is averaging 2.6 goals a game, but strapped with a goals-against-average of 3.2. The Flames have been effective on the power play with a 23.7 percent conversion rate, but they have struggled to keep their opponents from doing the same with a kill rate of 75 percent. Lee Stempniak leads the team in scoring with five goals. Leland Irving has gotten the last three starts in goal for an injured Miikka Kiprusoff. He comes in with a GAA of 2.62.

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Stars vs. Flames- NHL Betting Odds and Trends

BetOnline has opened the Flames as 124 home favorites on the NHL odds board with Dallas listed as -104 road underdogs. The total for this game has been set at 5.0. 

The Stars are 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win and 15-45 in their last 60 games on no day’s rest. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four games on no day’s rest.

The Flames are 9-19 in their last 28 games against the Pacific Division and 1-4 in their last five games playing on one day’s rest. The total has gone OVER in 10 of their last 12 Wednesday games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. In those games the total has gone OVER four times and ended as a PUSH in the other three.

Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames- Free NHL Pick

The loss of an ineffective Kiprusoff may have been a blessing in disguise for Calgary as Irving was rock-solid his last time out against the Wild. Look for the young goalie to rise to the occasion again to help secure a much needed win at home over the road-weary Stars. The free NHL pick in this matchup in on Calgary.

NHL Free Picks: Calgary 3 - Dallas 2 (lines provided by BetOnline)

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