The Dallas Stars have been one of the standout teams in the National Hockey League throughout the regular season but all of that hard work will count for very little if they slip up in the playoffs.
The likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have been inspirational so far this season and, with a bit of luck, there’s no reason why the Stars cannot go all the way and lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history.
Ultimately, the Stars are perhaps the best offensive side in the NHL – largely due to Seguin and Benn. Dallas’ two main forward players have been simply sublime for the majority of the campaign, barring a slight blip after the Christmas period.
Both players have cemented their position in the top goal scoring charts and Dallas will be relying on their two top talents to lead them through the postseason when the going gets tough. As of April 11th, Betway are offering 8/1 on Dallas to go on and win the Stanley Cup this year and it would take a brave man to bet against them on current form.
The Stars have won eight of their last 10 regular season games but must get past the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs . And over the seven-game series, Dallas should be confident of their chances.
Unfortunately for the Stars, both the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are playing extremely well as the postseason gets underway. These two franchises have won the Stanley Cup in each of the last six years and the Washington Capitals, led by the enigmatic Alexander Ovechkin, were prominent in the regular season too.
The Stars will have it all to do if they are to dethrone the Blackhawks but the Kings and Capitals remain chief threats to the title. Both Benn and Seguin will have to keep their wits about them as they come up against some of the best goaltenders in the business.
Can Dallas win the Stanley Cup this year? Yes but they will need some luck. If they get lucky, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Stars lift the title for the first time since 1999. However, after qualifying for the playoffs just once in the previous seven years, it may be wise for Dallas to take it one game at a time before getting ahead of themselves.