The Dallas Stars made an insane 17-point jump from the 2014-15 season to their Central Division-winning effort one year ago and the thrill-a-minute group is projected for large items from NHL pundits and oddsmakers alike.
The Stars’ 267 goals made them the league’s top scoring team last season and members of this red light manufacturing sector will be grinning ear to ear as Dallas looks poised to emphasise amount also this season, light lamps from coast to coast.
The roster is a who is who of offensive dynamos, including Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp and Jason Spezza. In addition to that mix for the new season is Jiri Hudler, whom Dallas signed for the paltry amount of $2 million to get a yearlong stay. The way you get a guy with Hudler’s offensive chops for this cost, I’ll never know.
The OVER is a ever-popular gaming option for this team because of this potent 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 this team I would not be amazed to see a six to the board at any point this year.
However, the Stars play in hockey’s toughest division and it’s going to be a dogfight with their fellow Central members all year.
Following is a look at where the Stars stand so far as the futures is concerned.
Stanley Cup +1200
Dallas will look to improve upon a visit to the Western Conference semifinals last season where 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 games in the opening round. Thinking about the dominant everyday life, by no means should the playoffs be looked at as a failure.
Online store BetOnline now has Dallas fifth in their Stanley Cup futures board at +1200. It is not a bad price and certainly not the best value on the board, but considering the likes of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals — that they’re likely better than when looking at the teams now — sit in front of them, it will look somewhat attractive.
The Stars have not won a Stanley Cup since that famous 1998-99 success but there is something about this lineup, though that propensity to give up a couple of goals in the other end still lingers. The team has tasted the playoffs and will be pushed to get additional come playoff time.
Western Conference +650
Dallas has a set of conference championships and also to get to this Stanley Cup final, they will have to cash this bet first. BetOnline has Dallas in +650, which is second behind the Chicago Blackhawks (+375).
As with almost any Stanley Cup playoffs, it is going to be a mill and the Stars are going to compete with some more experienced teams, but the talent is undeniable and Benn is setting himself as a wonderful captain. We watched that a first-time winner last season; perhaps Dallas is poised to repeat the Sharks’ achievement.
Central Division +325
Despite my praise for Dallas as a fantastic Cup or conference futures bet, this is the one that disturbs me the most. The Central is such a talented, deep branch that some of the groups (save for maybe the Winnipeg Jets, let’s not get crazy here) can shirt this group come season’s end.
One tendency to notice, however: since joining the branch for the 2013-14 year, Dallas has improved its point total each season. The Stars finished with a whopping 109 in 2015-16. If this trend continues, the branch is theirs.
Season Points OVER/UNDER 101.5
Speaking of that trend, this one feels ripe for the picking. As mentioned, this really is a team that’s coming from a 109-point effort and has probably gotten BETTER considering adding the criminally underrated Hudler. Not many teams, if any, are going to be able to coincide with the breakneck Golden State Warriors-esque scoring pace that Dallas will bring to the ice night innight out. They may give up a few goals, but who out there can score six?
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