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Stars Could Be a Bettors' Dream in 2016-17

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The Dallas Stars made 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 big things from NHL pundits and oddsmakers alike.

The Stars’ 267 goals made them the league’s top scoring team last season and members of the red light manufacturing industry will be grinning ear to ear as Dallas looks poised to eclipse that number furthermore this year, lighting lamps from coast to coast.

The roster is a who’s who of offensive dynamos, including 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 one-year stay. How you get a guy with Hudler’s offensive chops for that price, I’ll never know.

The OVER is an ever-popular betting option with this team because of that potent offense. One year ago, Dallas put together a 45-36-1 O/U mark for totals bettors and the sky is the limit this time around. So skilled is this team that I wouldn’t be shocked to see a six on the board at some point this season.

Still, the Stars play in hockey’s toughest division and it will be a dogfight with their fellow Central members all season long.

Here’s a look at where the Stars stand as far as the futures board is concerned.

Stanley Cup +1200

Dallas will look to improve upon a trip to the Western Conference semifinals last season where they were eliminated by the St. Louis Blues in seven games. They entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the West and did eliminate the Minnesota Wild in six games in the opening round. Considering the dominant regular season, by no means should the playoffs be looked at as a failure.

Online shop Bovada currently has Dallas fifth on their Stanley Cup futures board at +1200. It’s 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 – who they are probably better than when looking at the teams today – sit in front of them, it does look somewhat appealing.

The Stars haven’t won a Stanley Cup since that famous 1998-99 victory but there is something about this lineup, even though that propensity to give up a few goals at the other end still lingers. The group has tasted the playoffs and will be driven to get further come playoff time.

Western Conference +650

Dallas has a pair of conference championships and to get to that Stanley Cup final, they’ll have to cash this wager first. Bovada has Dallas at +650, which is second behind the Chicago Blackhawks (+375).

As with any Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s going to be a grind and the Stars are going to compete with some more experienced teams, but the talent is undeniable and Benn is establishing himself as a wonderful captain. We saw a first-time winner last season; maybe Dallas is poised to repeat the Sharks’ success.

Central Division +325

Despite my praise for Dallas as a good Cup or conference futures wager, this is the one that scares me the most. The Central is such a talented, deep division that any one of the teams here (save for maybe the Winnipeg Jets, let’s not get crazy here) can top this group come season’s end.

One trend to note, however: since joining the division for the 2013-14 season, Dallas has improved its point total each season. The Stars finished with a whopping 109 in 2015-16. If that trend continues, the division is theirs.

Season Points OVER/UNDER 101.5

Speaking of that trend, this one feels ripe for the picking. As mentioned, this is a team that is coming off a 109-point campaign and has probably gotten BETTER since adding the criminally underrated Hudler. Not many teams, if any, will be able to match the breakneck Golden State Warriors-esque scoring pace that Dallas will bring to the ice night in, night out. They may give up some goals, but who out there can score six?

2016 Dallas Stars Futures Odds
MarketOdds
Stanley Cup+1200
Western Conference+650
Central+325
Win Totals 101.5

Odds as of October 8 at Bovada

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