|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 26 January 2009 12:08|
Hockey wagering fans will have their choice of two teams that will be contending for the western conference NHL wagering post season. The Chicago Blackhawks suffered something of a hockey wagering dip before the all star break as they won just 3 out of 8 games before the pause.
It is also interesting to note that in that same 8 game stretch the Blackhawks went on a NHL wagering under streak as none of those games went over the total. Still, the young Blackhawks have been one of the top teams in hockey wagering and are also one of the most balanced.
Chicago was ranked 4th overall on both the offensive and defensive NHL wagering stat charts. Chicago had an overall hockey wagering record of 25-12-3-5 straight up and 27-18 against the hockey odds. The Blackhawks ranked 9th overall on the power play while ranking 9th overall on the penalty kill.
Patrick Kane has been a major ingredient in the Blackhawks hockey wagering success as he led the team in points with 42. Goaltenders Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet have also been a major factor in Chicago’s hockey wagering profits.
The Anaheim Ducks still carry considerable hockey wagering credibility based on their Stanley Cup championship from a couple of seasons ago but the fact remains that they have slipped a notch. Anaheim had an overall hockey wagering record of 23-21-3-2 straight up and 23-26 against the hockey odds.
The Ducks were, like Chicago, cold before the all star break as they won just 2 out of 8 games against the hockey wagering board. Anaheim’s offense has slipped and was ranked just 19th. The defense, led by all star goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been their main hockey wagering asset and it was ranked a so/so 12th in the league.
Anaheim’s best offensive weapon was the power play as they ranked 8th overall in the league with the man advantage.
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