The Stars won at home in Game 6 to stave off elimination and now have to head north of the border to take on the Flames in this winner-take-all Game 7. The Stars had lost two in a row in this series before winning Game 6 on home ice to force a Game 7. The team had only scored one goal in losing two in a row before scoring four goals in the last game. Dallas has lost two of the three games in this series in Calgary and they are a big betting underdog in the deciding game of this Western Conference quarterfinals series. The Flames flamed out in their last game only scoring two goals while they had totaled seven goals in winning the previous two games. The team is heavily favored in Game 7 and they have been the betting favorite in every game in this series. The puck drops at 9pm EST.
Great Defensive BookendsIn Game 6 in Dallas the Stars took a 2-0 lead and shut out the Flames in the first and third periods in the 4-2 win. Roope Hintz, Michael Raffl, Miro Heiskanen, and Tyler Seguin all lit the lamp in the win where they outshot the Flames 40-38 and killed both of their power play opportunities. Jake Oettinger was big in the game turning away 36 of 38 shots, has given up two goals in each of his last two starts, and he has only given up more than two goals in one game in this series. He has started every game in this series and you can be sure he will be in between the pipes for Game 7.
Joe Pavelski leads the Stars in the series with three goals and five points and while he does not have a goal in the last three games, he does have two assists in that span. Hintz also had an assist in the last game and in the last four games of the series has two goals and two assists. The Stars have lost two of the three games of this series in Calgary and in those three games they only scored three goals.
Sutter Looks to Extend Solid Game 7 RecordFlames head coach Darrell Sutter has the most Game 7’s in NHL history with 10 where he has a 7-3 record. The team has not been great on the attack in the series and they need their defense to play better than in the last game. They only allowed one goal in Game 5 and Game 6 before giving up four in the last game. In Game 6 Michael Stone and Mikael Backlund each scored in the losing effort. Jacob Markstrom gave up three goals on 39 shots with Dallas scoring their fourth goal on an empty net. He has played well in the series and in four of the six games has not allowed more than one goal.
Backlund and Elias Lindholm each lead the team with three goals in this series and Backlund has scored one goal in each of the last three games. Lindholm has two goals and an assist in the last four games but did not register a point in the last game. Johnny Gaudreau had the second most points in the NHL this season, leads the Flames with six points (1 goal 5 assists) in the series, and has an assist in each of the last two games. One of the best players on defense for the Flames in Chris Tanev left Game 6 with an injury and he is a question mark for Game 7.
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