|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Sunday, 22 February 2009 07:13|
Hockey odds will take into account a desperate Pittsburgh team still within reach of the post season against the high flying Capitals who will be favored on the hockey lines. The Pittsburgh Penguins were one of the pre season hockey odds favorites to win the eastern conference championship and with plenty of good reason.
Pittsburgh was the eastern conference champion last year and has one of the game’s greatest players in Sidney Crosby. Unfortunately this season has been a struggle for the Penguins both on the ice and against the hockey lines. Pittsburgh had an overall record of 27-24-2-3 straight up and was just 25-31 against the hockey odds.
Pittsburgh was playing a bit better in February as from February 4 through February 11 they beat the hockey odds in three out of four games. Still, much more success will be needed if the Penguins are to make the post season.
Crosby has numbers that most any player would be envious of but the fact remains that he has not had the same impact against the hockey odds as is usually the case. In fact, his 21 goals and 51 assists for 72 points was not even the best on the team. Evgeni Malkin led Pittsburgh in points with 24 goals and 56 assists.
Petr Sykora has also pitched in with 21 goals. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had a good save percentage of .913 but his goals against average of 2.75 indicates a lack of help in front of him. If Pittsburgh is to increase their success against the hockey odds they must tighten up on their own end.
The Washington Capitals have been a virtual cash cow against the hockey odds at home with just 4 losses in 27 home games. Overall the Caps were 30-25 against the hockey lines and led the southeast division. Washington’s strength against the hockey odds is their powerful offense led by Alexander Ovechkin who had 71 points.Washington blistered the hockey odds with a 4th ranked offense and 3rd ranked power play. The Caps beat the Pens and the hockey odds 6-3 on January 14 at Pittsburgh.
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