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#44 Calgary Flames -140
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:35pm EST
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Wednesday, there is a matchup between two Western Conference teams in the NHL. Specifically, the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames will face off at about 9:30 PM. This is the second meeting between these teams in this regular season and it will take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Goalie Matchup:The Stars will turn to Ben Bishop (5-5-1, 2.22 GAA)and the Flames will turn toDavid Rittich (9-4-3, 2.75 GAA).

Stars Finally Have Win Streak Snapped

So far this season, the Dallas Stars have looked like a below-average team in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Stars have the same amount of wins as regulation losses. As a result, the Stars are currently out of the playoff picture and they are in possession of fifth place in the Central Division. However, the Stars were on a four-game winning streak before losing to the Jets in their last game. Now, Dallas will look to start a new winning streak as a couple more wins can easily get it back into serious contention for a playoff spot in the future.

Leading the Stars offensively is center Tyler Seguin who has been a bit underwhelming this season. Specifically, he has three goals and eight assists through Dallas' first 18 games. However, he has been extremely average at even strength as he has a 0 Plus/Minus Rating. Seguin is still tied for the most points on the team and he will look to add to that point total on Wednesday.

The starting goalie for the Stars in this game will be Ben Bishop who has looked pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he has a 5-5-1 record with a 2.22 GAA and a .928 save percentage. However, Bishop did lose his lone start against the Flames this season in overtime despite having a 1.85 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

Flames Look For Another Home Win

So far this season, the Calgary Flames have looked pretty good in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Flames have won 10 of their first 20 games. Despite that okay record, it is surprisingly good enough to put Calgary in second place in the Pacific Division. The main reason why Calgary is in this position is due to its elite home record. Calgary has dominated at home this season as it has won six of its first nine home games. Now, Calgary will look for another home win on Wednesday that can potentially keep it in second place in the division.

Leading the Flames offensively is left-winger Matthew Tkachuk who has played well this season. Specifically, he has ten goals and nine assists through Calgary's first 20 games. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +2 so he has been very efficient on even strength up to this point. However, he has already accumulated 20 penalty minutes so he will need to show more discipline in the future.

The starting goalie for the Flames in this game will be David Rittich who has good so far this season. Specifically, he has a 9-4-3 record with a 2.75 GAA and a .914 save percentage. In addition, Rittich is 1-0-0 against the Stars this season with a 1.85 GAA and a .944 save percentage so he will look to experience even more success against them on Wednesday.

Best Bets for this Game

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Even though both teams have underachieved this season, Calgary enters this game as the better overall team so I will take the home team in this game. Specifically, Calgary has won six of its first nine home games this season while Dallas has only won three of its first nine road games so I expect home-ice advantage to play a serious role. This game will be close for awhile but I think that Calgary will use its elite speed to create enough scoring chances to get the victory. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Calgary Flames

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In a game with two solid defenses and goalies, I have to take the under. Both Bishop and Rittich have been solid up to this point and I would not be surprised to see this game yield five goals or less. The first meeting between these teams yielded just five goals so I think this total is too high. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 3-2 as I expect both goalies to play well in this game so I have to take the under.

Prediction: Under

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Calgary has looked amazing at home this season so I have to back it in this spot. Calgary has an elite home-ice advantage and I think that it will be too much for Dallas to handle in the first period. Calgary will feed off the crowd's energy and generate enough scoring chances to get at least one past Bishop in the first 20 minutes. At the same time, Dallas' offense has been underwhelming so one has to wonder if it will even be able to score during that same timeframe. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Calgary Flames 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.