|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NHLHockey betting odds will be fully loaded with a great weekend of hockey betting action that begins with Friday’s matchup of Boston at Buffalo. Hockey betting odds will feature a card of 13 hockey betting matchups for Saturday headlined by defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh at surprising Atlanta.
Chicago at Vancouver is the top hockey betting odds matchup for Sunday in a playoff rematch from last year. The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the top surprises in hockey betting so far as they had a NHL betting record of 12-5-1 which was good for first place in the Atlantic Division. Defense is the key to Buffalo’s success with the hockey betting odds as they ranked 4th in the NHL for goals against as Ryan Miller had a stellar 1.97 goals against average between the pipes.
The Boston Bruins were the number one seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last year and have been sluggish with the hockey betting odds so far this season. Boston had a record with the hockey betting odds of 8-8-1-3 as their offense has been absent most of the season, ranking 28th in goals scored. Buffalo has beaten Boston in 12 out of their last 15 matchups at home. The Pittsburgh Penguins picked right up where they left off last year as they were 14-7 with the hockey betting odds including 7-3 on the road. Sidney Crosby led them with 21 points.
The Atlanta Thrashers were a surprising 10-6-0-1 with the hockey betting odds and are looking to live up to their potential of 2007 when they made the playoffs. The explosive Thrashers rank 2nd in the NHL for scoring and are led by center Rich Peverley, who had 8 goals and 15 assists while left winger Ilya Kovalchuck had 12 goals and 6 assists. Pittsburgh has beaten the hockey betting odds in 12 out of their last 18 games at Atlanta.
The Chicago Blackhawks have lived up to their preseason hype as a leading Western Conference contender by going 12-5-0-2. Chicago had the 2nd best goals against average in the league with the duo of Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet between the pipes.The Vancouver Canucks have been sluggish this year with a record of 11-10. Goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was the team MVP last year, has not lived up to the multi-million dollar contract he signed over the summer as he had a 2.69 goals against average and has been sharing playing time with Andrew Raycroft as a result.