Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars 3/18/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The Calgary Flames (31-24-14) and their high-volume offense host the Dallas Stars (37-19-13) and their suffocating goaltending at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Dallas is playing their last of six games on the road coming off a 4-1 loss against the Oilers on Thursday. The Stars committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal.

Wyatt Johnston scored the only goal for the Stars. Jake Oettinger only had 26 saves on 29 shots against (.896%) in the loss. Calgary beat the Golden Knights 7-2 on Thursday. Tyler Toffoli and Blake Coleman both scored twice for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom stopped only 17 of 19 shots (.894%).


The Flames have won both games between the teams this season, including a 5-4 victory in their most recent meeting on March 6, their third straight win against Dallas.

MacKenzie Weegar, Nazem Kadri, and Jonathan Huberdeau each had two points (0G 2A) to lead Calgary. Jamie Benn led Dallas with two points (1G 1A). Markstrom got the win despite allowing four goals on 33 shots (.878%).


Dallas is averaging 3.39 goals per game for the season, eighth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Flames team that is allowing 3.00 goals a game (14th). Meanwhile, Calgary has found the net 3.10 times a game on average, 18th in the league, and the Stars are allowing opponents to score 2.70 goals per game (6th).

Calgary averages more shots a game (35.6) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 8.8% shooting percentage is 31st. Dallas has proven up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 5 with a team save percentage of .916%.

The Stars’ 23.81% power play percentage ranks seventh in the league, while the Flames are 24th with a conversion rate of 19.63%. Dallas has been equally successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fifth-highest PK% at 82.95%. Calgary ranks eighth at 82.55%.


With 85 points this season, eighth-most in the NHL, Jason Robertson is the top skater for the Stars. He is among the league leaders with 39 goals (7th) and has added 46 assists. In the net, Oettinger (29-10-10) is Dallas’ top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.41 GAA and a .919% save percentage, fourth-best in the league.Toffoli and Elias Lindholm lead the Flames in scoring with 60 and 57 points, respectively.

Toffoli has 28 goals and 32 assists, while Lindholm has 19 goals and 38 assists. Markstrom (19-18-9) has the best goals against average for Calgary at 2.83. He has a save percentage of .894%.


Dallas is 20-10-5 away from home this season. Calgary is 16-14-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome this season.

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Calgary Flames (-120)

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