The Dallas Stars are entering danger territory, as they go into Saturday looking for their first win in regulation this season. A team that came into this year with so much hype has been a major flop to open the season in October. There is obviously time to rectify that as it’s only October, but the Stars have to start showing some signs of life. If this drags into November, then their season could be over before it began. Going from last to first like what the Blues did isn’t a normal situation, so they can’t bank on that happening again.
The Devils and Stars were two teams expected to do big things in 2019-20. However, it’s been nothing but a struggle for both of them, but at least the Devils have won in regulation. The Stars are still looking for that to come. Their only win this season came in overtime against the Washington Capitals in D.C. Of course, I had to be on the Capitals in that game. But the point is that the Stars have been close to going winless in nine games this season.
How long management allows Jim Montgomery to run the ship into the ground if the season continues this way is up for debate. Montgomery was not on the list of potential head coaches to get canned in-season, but he could be the first to get shown the door this season.
There are some players, notably Jamie Benn, who have to look at themselves and start to play hockey. You can only blame the head coach so much for a record of 1-7-1. With 3 points, they’re tied with the Senators for next to last in the NHL.
The Wild are the only team with less than 3 points on the year thus far. Philadelphia own just 5 points with their record of 2-2-1. The Flyers are back home following a three-game road trip, which resulted in no wins in Western Canada. They managed to record a point in a shootout loss against the Canucks, but that’s all. Head below for our free Stars vs. Flyers pick.
Dallas Stars vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
The Stars opted for their backup between the pipes last night and it was an okay performance by Anton Khudobin. He allowed 3 goals on 32 shots, with the Penguins adding an empty netter to put the game out of reach by a score of 4-2. Following their win over the Capitals on October 8th, the Stars have gone on a five-game losing streak.
Perhaps if there were zero expectations for the Stars this season then this wouldn’t be such a big deal. However, this is a team who came a goal away from beating the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs a season ago. They added Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in the offseason and they haven’t garnered much success. Roope Hintz has been the only guy playing like he wants to win games.
They will have their starting netminder in net tonight, so we’ll see how much Ben Bishop can help. Another loss and the Stars will set a franchise record for their worst start ever. Let’s not forget about how badly the Flyers have been playing recently, though. They are on a three-game skid and have lost by a combined score of 12-4. Their only wins have come against an average Blackhawks team and a Devils team who have been slow starters.
The Flyers enter Saturday with 2.8 goals scored per game, while allowing the same with 2.8 goals allowed per game. In their last meeting against the Stars, the Flyers were blasted by a score of 6-2 in Dallas. The Flyers have scored 2 or less goals against the Stars in their previous five meetings. If the Stars can’t score it won’t matter, though.
While the Stars have been terrible, clearly, the Flyers haven’t been too great, either. The expectations just aren’t as high in Philadelphia as they are in Dallas. The Stars were thinking about the Stanley Cup Final in September and now they’re dreaming of just winning a game.
The public will likely line up to play the Flyers considering how badly the Stars have been and the back-to-back situation. However, laying -160 on a pedestrian Flyers team against the desperate Stars looks way too expensive. Expect the Stars to come out with an edge on Saturday, as they play like the hungrier team to avoid setting a franchise record for losses to begin a season. At +130 it looks like a decent bargain on Saturday.