The Dallas Stars created an insane 17-point leap from the 2014-15 season to their Central Division-winning campaign one year ago and the thrill-a-minute team is projected for large things from NHL pundits and oddsmakers alike.
The Stars’ 267 targets made them the team’s top scoring team last year and members of the red light manufacturing sector will be smiling ear to ear as Dallas looks poised to emphasise number furthermore this year, lighting lamps from coast to coast.
The roster is a who is who of offensive dynamos, such as Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp and Jason Spezza. Added to that mix for the new season is Jiri Hudler, whom Dallas signed for the paltry sum of $2 million for a yearlong stay. The way you receive a man with Hudler’s offensive chops for that price, I will never understand.
The OVER is an ever-popular gaming option with this team because of this powerful offense. 1 year ago, Dallas put together a 45-36-1 O/U mark for totals players and also the sky is the limit this time around. So skilled is that this team that I would not be shocked to see a six to the board at any point this season.
However, the Stars play in hockey’s toughest branch and it will be a dogfight with their fellow Central members all season long.
Following is a look at where the Stars stand so far as the futures is worried.
Stanley Cup +1200
Dallas will look to improve upon a visit to the Western Conference semifinals last season in which they were removed by the St. Louis Blues in seven games. They entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the West and also did eliminate the Minnesota Wild in six matches in the opening round. Considering the dominant regular season, by no means should the playoffs be viewed at as a failure.
Online store BetOnline currently has Dallas fifth on their Stanley Cup futures at +1200. It is not a bad price and not the best value on the plank, but contemplating the likes of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals — who they are likely better than when looking at the teams today — sit facing them, it does look somewhat appealing.
The Stars have not won a Stanley Cup since that famous 1998-99 victory but there is something about this lineup, though this propensity to give up a few goals in the other end nevertheless succeeds. The group has tasted the playoffs and will likely be driven to get further come playoff time.
Western Conference +650
Dallas has a pair of conference championships and to get to this Stanley Cup final, they’ll need to cash this bet first. BetOnline has Dallas in +650, which is second behind the Chicago Blackhawks (+375).
Much like almost any Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s likely to be a grind and the Stars are going to compete with some more experienced teams, but the gift is indisputable and Benn is establishing himself as a wonderful captain. We watched that a first-time winner last season; maybe Dallas is poised to replicate the Sharks’ success.
Central Division +325
Despite my praise for Dallas as a good Cup or conference futures wager, this is the one which disturbs me the most. The Central is such a talented, deep division that some of those teams here (save for maybe the Winnipeg Jets, let’s not get crazy here) can top this group come season’s end.
1 tendency to notice, however: because joining the branch for the 2013-14 season, Dallas has enhanced its point total annually. The Stars finished with a whopping 109 in 2015-16. If this trend continues, the division is theirs.
Season Factors OVER/UNDER 101.5
Speaking of this tendency, this one feels ripe for the picking. As stated, this is a group that is coming from a 109-point effort and has probably gotten BETTER considering adding the criminally underrated Hudler. Not a lot of teams, if any, will be able to match the breakneck Golden State Warriors-esque scoring speed that Dallas will bring into the ice night in, night out. They could give up a few targets, but who out there can score six?
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