Flames, Lightning among Thursday’s Game 2 betting favourites

Eric Francis and Ryan Leslie look at the big takeaways from the Flames' Game 1 win over the Stars, with Milan Lucic embracing his new role with the team and a huge penalty kill preserving the victory.

The Calgary Flames will be looking to take a 2-0 series lead in their first-round clash with the Dallas Stars when they hit the ice for Game 2 on Thursday night as slim -115 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Calgary drew first blood in the series, tallying a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday. The Flames have carried over their steady play down the stretch into the postseason, and have now claimed victory in seven of their last nine contests since the beginning of March. The team has gotten the job done with a stingy defence, allowing just eight total goals in five postseason outings, and just 2.13 goals per game over their past nine contests.

In addition to generating a steady 6-2-1 run for the UNDER at online betting sites, the Flames’ fast start has given them traction on the NHL playoff series prices, where they now sit as -220 favourites to knock off Dallas and claim their first opening-round series win since 2015.

Set as slight -105 underdogs for Game 2, the Stars have plenty of work to do to get back into this series. With Tuesday’s loss Dallas has fallen to defeat in nine of its past 10 outings, and has tumbled to a +180 wager to rebound and win the series.

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Elsewhere on the Thursday NHL odds, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to rebound from a heartbreaking loss in their record-setting series opener against Tampa Bay, as they battle the Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference series as +150 underdogs.

Riding high after bouncing the Toronto Maple Leafs from the postseason in five games in their qualifying round series, the Blue Jackets entered the first round looking to duplicate last year’s stunning playoff upset of the Lightning. However, after leaving the ice as 3-2 losers following the fourth longest game in NHL history in Game 1, the Blue Jackets find themselves trailing as +425 underdogs on the series price, with the Lightning now set as short -650 chalk.

Later on Thursday afternoon, the Vegas Golden Knights will be trying to build on a decisive 4-1 Game 1 win as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks as -210 betting favourites for Game 2. And on Thursday night the Carolina Hurricanes will try to rebound from their 4-3 overtime loss to Boston in Game 1 as they return to action against the Bruins as +125 Game 2 underdogs.

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