Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames 12/19/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/18/2014
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary
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On Friday night, the Dallas Stars will be going up against the Calgary Flames, who are currently on a six-game losing streak. During the 2013-14 season, the Stars were able to win two of their three games against the Flames.
The Stars have won three out of their last four games after shutting out the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 on the road on Wednesday. Their penalty kill was very good in that game, stopping all four of the Canucks' power play opportunities.
Through 28 games this season, the Stars have scored 2.9 goals per game, but their defense and goaltending has allowed 3.4 goals per game. Goalie Kari Lehtonen has a 12-7-5 record this season with two shutouts and a .906 save percentage.
Calgary's struggles continued on Tuesday night when the New York Rangers were able to easily beat them 5-2 in Calgary. Backup goalie Karri Ramo was not on his game in that loss, giving up four goals on just 13 shots faced before being removed from the game.
Through their first 33 games this season, the Flames have scored 2.8 goals per game, but they have also given up 2.7 goals per game. Starting netminder Jonas Hiller is currently 9-9-1 on the year with one shutout, a 2.42 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Defenseman Mark Giordano has accumulated a team-high 31 points this season and has a plus/minus of +13.
Dallas Stars Betting Trends
Dallas Stars are 12-18-0 Against the Spread
Dallas Stars are 16-13-0 against the Over/Under
Calgary Flames Betting Trends
Calgary Flames are 17-16-0 Against the Spread
Calgary Flames are 16-15-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/11/14 LW Ryan Garbutt Suspension expected to miss 3 games; eligible to return Dec 21 vs Edmonton
12/03/14 RW Patrick Eaves Foot expected to miss 1-2 months
11/15/14 RW Valeri Nichushkin Hip expected to miss 4 months
10/20/14 D Patrick Nemeth Arm out for season
10/05/14 C Rich Peverley Heart out indefinitely
12/13/14 D Ladislav Smid Concussion out indefinitely
10/30/14 C Mikael Backlund Abdominal out indefinitely
10/08/14 C Sam Bennett Shoulder out 4-6 months
Josh's Pick: Take Calgary
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