|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 29 December 2008 09:31|
Bet on hockey January 3rd with an inter-conference pairing of the Islanders and Sharks in what appears to be a hockey wagering mismatch. NHL betting fans may be surprised that the New York Islanders are one of worst teams in the league and yet have been among the most profitable so far this hockey wagering season.
The Islanders had an overall record of just 11-21-2-1 straight up but were 20-15 against the hockey gambling lines. Often times to have success when you bet on hockey means that you have to be willing to take the extra value on teams that you normally would not want to bet on hockey with, as has been the case with the New York Islanders.
The fact that nobody wants to bet on hockey with the Isles is what gives them all of that added value against the board. If you are looking for a bet on hockey advantage with the Islanders beyond their added value it would be hard to locate it. The Islanders ranked near the bottom of the hockey wagering stat charts for both offense and defense.
New York also went into a dreadful bet on hockey slump from December 6th through December 26th as they got the cash in just 1 out of 10 games in that hockey wagering stretch. The San Jose Sharks have been a straight up powerhouse this season but have not brought much value to those who bet on hockey games with them.
The Sharks had an overall record of a phenomenal 27-4-3 straight up but were just 16-18 in NHL odds against the hockey gambling lines. The bet on hockey risk that a gambler takes with San Jose is that he is paying a premium inflated price on the board to wager on the Sharks which means that any loss is going to be highly expensive.
San Jose has bet on hockey strength on both sides of the red line as they ranked 5th overall on offense while ranking 3rd overall on defense. The Sharks have about the best special teams in the league as they ranked 4th on the power play and 3rd on the penalty kill.
Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton were a significant bet on hockey assets. Marleau led the team in points with 40 and goals with 18, while Thornton led in assists with 30. Starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was outstanding as was backup Brian Boucher.
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