|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 14 February 2009 07:21|
Hockey wagering fans cannot believe that Pittsburgh has fallen so far from their NHL wagering perch as 2008 eastern conference champs. Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien has gone from a hockey wagering asset to someone that is now on the NHL wagering hot seat.
How long Therrien can last is a topic of considerable conversation in Pittsburgh now that the Penguins have everyone’s full attention after the Steelers’ super bowl title.
The latest Pittsburgh Penguins debacle was last Sunday on NBC national television as the Penguins lost their Stanley Cup hockey wagering rematch with the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 and looked terrible in doing so.
The second hottest hockey wagering topic about the Penguins is the “disappearance” of super star Sidney Crosby, who has simply not been the same player this season. Crosby had stats of 21 goals and 51 assists which would be strong by most hockey wagering standards but not for him.
Further, Crosby has not been an impact player this hockey wagering season. Another NHL wagering concern for the Penguins is their 23rd ranked defense. You simply cannot expect post season success, or a berth, with such weak defense.
It would be unfair of hockey wagering fans to point the finger at goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as he has held his own with a .911 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average. He simply hasn’t had enough help in front of him.
It is also inconceivable that a team with so much hockey wagering firepower has a power play that ranked just 24th in the National Hockey League. The Toronto Maple Leafs have also had their share of hockey wagering problems as they had a mark of 20-24-4-5 straight up and 26-27 against the line.
Worse still, Toronto was in a hockey wagering slump with just four payoffs in fourteen games from January 6 through February 7. The Leafs went under the total in just 20 out of their first 53 games and ranked 30th on defense.
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