Season delayed for Dallas Stars due to COVID-19 outbreak

Dallas Stars will have their season delayed due to a COVID-19 breakout. The Stars had six players and two coaches test positive for the virus, so the NHL has elected to postpone their first three games of the season. Those games were to be played in Florida, two each versus the Panthers and Lightning. As of now, the earliest the Stars would begin play is Jan. 19 in Tampa, with their home opener scheduled for Jan. 22 versus Nashville.

The Stars were a surprise team last season as they lost the Stanley Cup finals to those Lightning four games to two. In an odd twist due to the ongoing Pandemic, the Stars actually find themselves in the same division as the Lightning this season. The Stars are a veteran-laden group, which could prove problematic this season due to the condensed schedule. Older veterans such as the 36-year old Joe Pavelski, 31-year old Jamie Benn, and 34-year old Alexander Radulov won’t have as much time to recover from any bumps and bruises they may have received during any individual game due to this condensed schedule. The news may not be all that bad, however as the push back to the start of the Stars’ season could mean that injured top players such as Tyler Seguin (hip) and Ben Bishop (knee) could play in those games if they are rescheduled for later in the season.

The Dallas Stars are +2200 to win the Stanley Cup this season, +490 to win the Central Division, and -180 to make the playoffs.