When a team is in the midst of their glory years, fans tend to believe that it will never end, even though it always inevitably does. Five years from now, we will probably see the teams that are dominant in the NHL right now rebuilding and struggling to get anywhere near the playoffs. It is a cycle that every good team goes through, although some struggle to ever get anywhere near to the heights that they reached back in the day.
The Dallas Stars have not really bottomed out after winning the Stanley Cup all those years ago, but they have also not really been a major threat since then. While their drop is disappointing, it is nothing compared to where the once great Detroit Red Wings are right now. Their glory days now seem like a million years ago, as this is a team that is now sporting the worst record in the NHL this season. The Stars are on the rise this season and will welcome in the Red Wings on Friday night in a game you can catch on ESPN+. The Stars are favored by 1 ½, with the goal total set at 5 ½.
Red Wings vs Stars 2020 NHL Betting Lines & Game Preview
- When: Friday, January 3 at 8:30 PM EST
- Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Dallas Stars -1.5 (Total 5.5)
Why bet on the Detroit Red Wings?It really is a little sad to see one of the Original Six teams in the NHL rooted to the cellar and cast adrift from the rest of the league. The Detroit Red Wings are ridiculously far off the pace, managing just 10 wins and 23 points through their first 41 games of the season.
They are the only team in the league not to have cracked 100 goals, and it may be some time yet before they do so, as they have managed just 89 goals on the season. The Red Wings have picked up 3 wins in their last 10 games, which might well be their best run of form this season. Don’t expect to see much from them on the road, though, as they are just 4-14-2 away from home this season.
- Goals: 2.17
- Shots: 28.27
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.87
- Goals: 3.83
- Shots: 32.80
- PP/PK Percentage: 26.83
Why bet on the Dallas Stars?The Dallas Stars are coming into the New Year on a very decent run of form, winning 3 in a row, including a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. Overall, the Stars are now 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, a run that has taken them to 23-14-4 on the season.
That gives them 50 points and has them sitting in the #3 spot in the Central Division, just 2 points behind the Colorado Avalanche in second. While the Stars are playing well, they need to maintain focus against the worst team in the league, as they lost 4-3 to the Red Wings when they met in the early part of the season. You need to like the Stars at home, though, where they are 14-6-2 thus far.
- Goals: 2.71
- Shots: 30.78
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.80
- Goals: 2.51
- Shots: 32.00
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.31
Red Wings vs Stars 2020 NHL Betting Trends
- Red Wings are 3-17 SU in their last 20 games this season
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games against an opponent in the West conference
- Stars are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the East conference
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas’ last 9 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Red Wings vs StarsAs we mentioned already, the Stars dropped their previous meeting with the Red Wings, but I just don’t see them losing both meetings. I am on the Stars to win and cover on Friday night.
Score: Detroit Red Wings 2 – Dallas Stars 5