The Dallas Stars have been simply sublime over the last seven days, winning four National Hockey League fixtures in a row to climb the Central Division standings.
Without a doubt, the Central Division is one of the toughest in ice hockey and Dallas will need to be at their brilliant best to come out on top against divisional rivals Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Dallas have won eight of their previous 10 NHL games with just one regulation defeat during that run – the Stars have been a joy to watch. Can they get the job done here though? Only time will tell…
Meanwhile, Winnipeg are flying high in third spot in the Central Division. The Jets are widely regarded as Stanley Cup dark horses this year and a road win over Dallas will certainly help to build momentum.
Fans are expecting big things from Winnipeg this year and the Canadian outfit will be quietly confident of going close in their pursuit of the Central Division title after finishing second in each of the last two years.
The stage is set – both teams will head into this one after a short break and all signs point towards an entertaining contest at American Airlines Center. Neutrals, this is the game you should pick to watch on Thursday night – it should be an absolute cracker.
Dangerous Dallas Destined For Playoffs?
The Stars are heading in the right direction and most ice hockey fans will be expecting Dallas to be in the playoff mix come the end of the campaign. Write the Stars off at your peril – this could be their year to get back to the National Hockey League summit.
Tyler Seguin leads the team in points and he will be central to their chances of reaching the playoffs. While he has scored just five goals through 22 games, his 13 assists ranks highest on the team and Dallas fans will be hoping for more of the same in the coming months.
Winnipeg Set For Big Stanley Cup Push
It has been a case of close but no cigar for the Jets in recent years – Winnipeg have reached the playoffs in the last two campaigns but Stanley Cup glory is a possibility in 2019/20.
According to the latest odds, the Jets are 33/1 with William Hill to win ice hockey’s ultimate prize. On current form, that looks exceptional value and Winnipeg are well worth a punt…
Mark Scheifele has been outstanding for Winnipeg, notching 21 points in 22 appearances so far this year. Second on the team in both goals and assists, Scheifele could be the difference maker at American Airlines Center.
Winnipeg are priced at 15/13 to come out on top on Thursday night. It won’t be easy by any means but the Jets have enough quality to punish Dallas.
This is a tough one to call. Dallas have been fantastic in recent weeks and the Stars are full of confidence after that impressive run – however this could go either way.
Winnipeg are arguably the more complete team and plenty of punters will fancy the visitors to emerge victorious. If the Jets were at home in this contest, they would probably be clear favourites. And that’s even after taking Dallas’ recent form into account…
We’re going to side with the Jets to edge this one but it could go right down to the wire. This all-Central Division affair could be one of the NHL games of the week if everything goes as predicted.
TIP: Winnipeg Jets to win (15/13 with BetFred)
CORRECT SCORE: Dallas Stars 2-4 Winnipeg Jets