|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NHLHockey betting has seen some extreme over/under results with the hockey betting odds after one month of action led by the hated rivals from the Province of Alberta. Hockey betting handicappers have seen the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers rank as the top two “over” teams with the hockey betting odds so far.
Calgary went over the hockey betting total in 9 out of their first 10 games of the season while Edmonton went over the hockey betting total in 8 out of their first 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks each followed with 7 hockey betting “overs” in their first 11 games of the season.
On the other hockey betting extreme the Phoenix Coyotes went under the hockey betting odds in 7 out of their first 9 games while the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins went under the NHL betting total in 7 out of their first 10 games. The St. Louis Blues also trended “under” with 5 hockey betting unders in their first 7 games.
The Calgary and Edmonton hockey betting results are understandable in that they are two of the highest scoring offensive teams in the NHL. Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, conversely, all ranked in the top 10 for defense which was the main hockey betting factor in their trending under the total.
Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgaov led the NHL in goaltending with a 1.59 goals against average and a save percentage of .933. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has emerged as one of the best after his stellar game 7 performance in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals as he had a 2.18 goals against average and 8 wins.
Edmonton’s Dustin Penner led their attack with 8 goals while Calgary’s explosive offense was done “by committee” as the Flames had 5 players with at least 4 goals and none with more than 5. Calgary also could boast the league’s top power play unit.
It is interesting to note that Toronto and Florida ranked 29th and 28th respectively for the worst goals allowed number but broke even on the over/under board after one month of action. Colorado ranked 3rd best for goals scored and yet went under the total in 6 out of 11 games due to their stellar defense.