The Dallas Stars are languishing down in fourth spot in the National Hockey League’s Central Division. With a huge clash against rivals Winnipeg Jets approaching this weekend, the onus is on Dallas to take full advantage of playing on home ice.
Unfortunately for Dallas, recent omens do not look good. The Stars have lost four games in a row and punters may opt to side with Winnipeg based on that. Back-to-back losses in front of their own fans has had a negative effect on the mood at American Airlines Center.
Meanwhile, the Jets are flying high at the top of the Central Division. With a 31-14 record so far in 2018/19, Winnipeg are heading in the right direction and perhaps only the Nashville Predators stand a chance of climbing above the Jets in the race to win the division.
Dallas have been struggling in recent matches but Winnipeg are soaring. The Canadian outfit have won four on the spin heading into this contest and confidence is high. Another victory beckons if Winnipeg stay calm and composed on Saturday night.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the contest. The Jets are slightly favoured (16/19) in the betting with William Hill ahead of this weekend’s game but there isn’t much in it. This one could turn out to be one of the matches of the season if everything goes to plan.
Stars Slipping Out Of Central Contention
With just 50 points acquired through 48 regular season games, Dallas are already 14 points behind the Jets in the Central Division standings. Underdog backers can find the Stars out at 33/1 to secure a shock Stanley Cup success this year.
In short, Dallas haven’t been good enough. If the Stars are serious about competing in the playoffs, an immediate improvement is needed. You’d be hard pressed to back Dallas to go on and make any sort of impact on the postseason at this moment in time.
Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov have tried to keep Dallas relevant but the form of Jamie Benn is concerning. Once an integral figure for the Stars, Benn has notched just 33 points in 47 games – a poor return considering he has been healthy for the entire campaign.
Jets Destined To Go Deep In Playoffs
Write Winnipeg off at your peril. The Jets have been building for this momentum for a few years now and this is their time to seize control of the Central Division. With a bit of luck, a first Stanley Cup appearance could be on the cards.
It would be foolish to back against the Jets on current form. With seven wins in their last 10 regular season games, Winnipeg are full of confidence right now and a road victory over a Central Division rival would really send out a statement of intent.
In addition, the Jets have won nine of their last 10 games against the Stars and that level of dominance cannot be ignored. Winnipeg will look to extend that incredible run on Saturday night – and you won’t find many punters going against the road team.
There are lots of ifs and buts ahead of this contest. However, the smart pick is Winnipeg to win at American Airlines Center. Dallas fans won’t like playing second fiddle on home ice yet again but the Jets are in fantastic form and it is hard to look past the Canadian outfit.
On paper, Winnipeg tick all the right boxes to go on and enjoy a successful 2018/19 season. This could get out of hand if the Jets build an early lead – the visitors will show no mercy against a Central Division rival.
TIP: Winnipeg Jets to win
CORRECT SCORE: Dallas Stars 1-4 Winnipeg Jets