|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 07 March 2009 07:30|
Hockey odds bettors on Philly have been cashing in plenty lately while the Predators have been an inconsistent NHL wagering commodity. Despite an overall inconsistent performance against the hockey odds the Nashville Predators were only one point out of eighth place and the final playoff spot in the western conference.
Nashville had an overall NHL wagering record of 30-28-1-3 straight up and 30-32 against the hockey odds. Nashville has not been effective against the hockey odds as a road team as they got the cash in just 12 out of 31 games away from home
The Predators strength was their 10th ranked defense, led by the duo of Pekka Rinne and Dan Ellis. Rinne was the stronger asset against the hockey odds as he had a stellar .923 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average. Jason Arnott has been another source of strength for Nashville against the hockey odds as he had 23 goals and 19 assists.
JP Dumont had 33 assists to go along with 12 goals. The Philadelphia Flyers have been one of the hottest teams against the hockey odds as of late and have climbed to the fourth spot overall in the eastern conference standings, which would be good for home ice in the first round of the NHL wagering post season.
Philadelphia beat the hockey odds in 7 out of 9 games from February 7 through February 25. Philadelphia ranked 6th overall in offense, which was their team strength. Jeff Carter was a major asset against the hockey odds as he had 36 goals and 28 assists to lead the team. Mike Richards wasn't far behind with 23 goals and 38 assists.
Goaltenders Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki were having solid but not spectacular seasons as the Flyers ranked 14th overall on defense. Philadelphia was a solid home team with a mark of 18-8-2-1 and was a consistent “over” team against the hockey odds as a host with just 9 unders in 29 home games.
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