|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 17 February 2009 07:07|
Hockey odds for Vancouver and Calgary are for a game that has significant NHL wagering post season implications. The Vancouver Canucks got off to a great start against the hockey odds in the first month of the season but when goaltender Roberto Luongo was injured in November the Canucks suffered severe NHL wagering losses and really struggled against the hockey odds.
Lately, however, as Luongo has returned to action the Canucks have again seemed to regain their stride against the hockey odds. Vancouver had an overall record of 26-21-2-6 straight up and 28-27 against the hockey odds.
From February 3 through February 13 Vancouver paid off gamblers in four out of five games with four of those games also going over the total. In road action the Canucks had a record of 13-10-1-3 and 14-12-1 over the total.
Vancouver ranked a solid 9th on offense while ranking 14th on defense although that figures to improve now that Luongo is back in goal. Luongo had a save percentage of .913 and a goals against average of 2.62. His absence served as a reminder at just how important he is to Vancouver’s success against the hockey odds.
Daniel Sedin is Vancouver’s other go-go-man as he had 23 goals and 20 assists to lead the team. Henrik Sedin had an impressive total of 39 assists. The Calgary Flames took advantage of the Canucks troubles without Luongo to take control of the northwest division.
The Flames had an overall NHL wagering record of 32-18-4-1 straight up but were just 25-30 against the hockey odds. Led by all star Jarome Iginla, who led the Flames in scoring with 59 points, Calgary ranked 7th overall in the National Hockey League for offense.
Their weakness against the hockey odds has been their 19th ranked defense. Calgary has had recent problems against the hockey odds as they lost 5 of their first 7 games in February.
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