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Sizing up openers as NHL drops puck

With the abbreviated NHL season set to open Wednesday night, let’s take a look at what’s happening.

 

Stars’ Opener Postponed

The Dallas Stars announced this week that six players and two staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the team will not start its season before Jan. 19. With only 116 days to complete the season, it looks like the Stars will be forced to play all 56 games in 110 days or fewer.

At DraftKings, the Stars are -200 to make the playoffs, which implies they have about a 63% chance to do so. By my estimation, the Stars’ chances of making the playoffs are closer to 54.5%, which means a fair amount of value exists in betting on them to miss at + 155, considering that neither number reflects the new information.

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