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Flames open as moneyline underdog vs Stars

Calgary Flames

Dallas Stars
4-3-2 October 24, 2013, 08:30 PM | American Airlines Center 3-5-0

The Dallas Stars look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Flames arrive at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

The Stars sport a record of 3-5-0 heading into this matchup, while the Flames sit at 4-3-2 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-3 for the Stars and 5-4 for the Flames.

View Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Flames listed earlier today as underdogs of 162 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Stars rated this week at No. 25 and the Flames sitting at No. 18.

Calgary lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Coyotes on October 22. Bettors who backed the Coyotes at -231 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Stars were a 6-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Ducks. That made winners of bettors who got Anaheim at -210 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 21-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Flames defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.56 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 17.24% rate while the Flames have a 68.97% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Flames at Stars trends to consider:
Calgary is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games
Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games

Next up:
Calgary at Washington, Saturday, October 26th
Dallas at Winnipeg, Saturday, October 26th