After finishing fourth in the Division last year, and losing in the first round of the playoffs, the Dallas Stars will be hoping to improve this year, and early indications are that they might just be able to do so.
Preseason odds in NHL betting markets looked quite favorable for the Stars, and their strong start to the 2022-23 season has only enhanced expectations.
Dallas has a talented squad, with the likes of Miro Heiskanen, Joe Pavelski, and Thomas Harley able to make an impact. Mason Marchment is also a player to watch, with the potential to put in a great performance on his day.
Fans will undoubtedly be hoping the team can settle and play more consistently under new coach Peter DeBoer, after a previous campaign that seemed to run both hot and cold. If the Stars can tap into what they did well last year, and address the flaws that at times made them very frustrating, then they could be a real contender.
The Dallas Stars made the playoffs last season, but went out 3-4 in the first round to the Calgary Flames, who also beat them during regular season play to top the Central Division.
The Stars have recorded eight division titles in Dallas, two Presidents’ Trophies and the Western Conference championship three times in the past seasons.
The 2019-20 season saw the team defeat the Vegas Golden Knights to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2000. However, they were pipped by the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games for the title. The following year was the first time Dallas missed the playoffs since 2018.
The franchise has participated in the Stanley Cup finals five times; 1981, 1991, 1999, 2000, and 2020. They’ve won the Stanley Cup once, in 1999.
The Dallas Stars was founded in 1967, and was previously called the Minnesota North Stars, based in Bloomington, Minnesota. This name was chosen by fans in a public contest in Minnesota, with the celestial part of the name carried over following the franchise move.
The team was one of the six teams that joined the NHL in 1967, and initially got off to a great start recording wins and achievements that kept their fans satisfied. However the team experienced financial difficulties and low attendance in the 1970s and ‘80s, resulting in a merger between them and Cleveland Barons in the 1978–79 season following the grant of permission by the league.
The team moved from Minnesota to Dallas for the 1993–1994 season and played their first match in Dallas on 5th October 1993 against the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars originally played at the Reunion Arena in Dallas until 2001, when they moved to the American Airlines Center.
Home to the Stars for over two decades, the venue is arguably one of the best sports arenas in America due to its operation and curriculum. The stadium’s atmosphere is engaging and inviting, thanks to the various available free programs and giveaways for fans who are always ready to support their team – the aggregate attendance during home games is an apparent reflection of the solid fan base.
The Dallas Stars have competed against various teams since inception and developed a few rivalries of note. These include the Nashville Predators, against whom the Stars are constantly struggling for positioning in the Western Conference.
The St. Louis Blues are another rival of the Stars. Both teams joined the NHL at the same time, and have competed against each other in the playoffs at least 14 times. The Colorado Avalanche are also a team that the Stars are in competition with. Although both teams have competed against each other since the early days, their rivalry intensified after the Stars relocated to Dallas.