|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NHLHockey betting fans were taken by surprise with the fast starts of the Rangers, Flames, Thrashers, and Avalanche with the hockey betting odds. Hockey betting handicappers have had to accept the fact that these teams may not go away as big money winners with the hockey betting odds after over one month of action.
The New York Rangers were the top hockey betting money winner as November began and their success with the hockey betting odds has been due in large part to a much improved offense that is in the upper echelon of the NHL betting stats for scoring. Marian Gaborik was a significant acquisition from Minnesota as the right winger exploded out of the gate as one of the top scorers in hockey betting with 11 goals and 8 assists. Gaborik is considered by most hockey betting experts to be the missing piece of the puzzle for the Broadway Blueshirts.
The Calgary Flames faded badly down the stretch last hockey betting season but have recovered with a strong start as they have dominated the Northwest Division standings as the second most profitable team in hockey betting. Calgary has long been known in hockey betting circles as a strong offensive team and that has remained true this year as the Flames have one of the deepest lineups in the NHL. Six Calgary players had 4 goals or more entering November.
The Atlanta Thrashers have been one of the biggest surprises in hockey betting so far after a horrible season last year. Super star left winger Ilya Kovalchuk has taken off like a rocket with 9 goals scored and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had a stellar .924 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. Atlanta figures to be in the Southeast Division race for the foreseeable future.The Colorado Avalanche have been a worst to first story thus far as the biggest surprise in the league with just 3 losses in their first 15 games. Colorado was getting good production on both ends of the ice as Wojtek Wolski had 8 goals and 5 assists and goaltender Craig Anderson had a 10-3 record with a 2.11 goals against average with a save percentage of .936.