|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 14 March 2009 07:34|
Hockey odds haven’t been beaten much by either team as of late and both are in grave danger of missing the NHL wagering post season. From February 12 through March 5 the Minnesota Wild beat the hockey odds just 3 out of 10 times.
In that same span they went under the total just twice. Their overall NHL wagering record was 31-27-3-2 straight up but just 29-34 against the hockey odds. Minnesota went over the over/under hockey odds just 23 times in 63 games including a road record of 11 games over the total out of 29 total.
Minnesota’s strength against the hockey odds has been their 2nd ranked defense. Their offense, on the other hand, was a weakness as it ranked 26th. Center iceman Mikko Koivu has been one of the few offensive bright spots for Minnesota has he led the team in scoring with 17 goals and 41 assists.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom has had to carry a heavy load for the Wild against the hockey odds as he had a goals against average of 2.29 and a save percentage of .923. The Dallas Stars have gone from having what seemed to be solid footing for a playoff spot to now fighting for their post season lives.
From February 21 through March 6 the Stars beat the hockey odds just 2 out of 8 times with just 2 of those games going over the total. Dallas had an overall NHL wagering mark of 31-26-4-4 straight up and 29-36 against the hockey odds.
Dallas’ recent struggle against the hockey odds has been in large part due to their offense not showing up. Dallas ranked 15th overall in the NHL for offense and an even worse 23rd overall for defense.Dallas’ slump against the hockey odds dropped them to the 8th and final spot in the western conference for the playoffs, with the Wild just 3points behind!
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