|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NHLNHL hockey odds bettors have seen the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins bolt out of the hockey betting gate to take control of the Eastern Conference. NHL hockey odds handicappers have one big hockey betting surprise in the East as the Ottawa Senators have jumped out in front of the Northeast Division.
The Rangers 4-1 NHL hockey odds win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday extended their hockey betting win streak to 7 games. The big online betting difference for the Rangers so far has been the dramatic improvement of their offense. The Broadway Blueshirts ranked 2nd with the NHL hockey odds in goal scoring and were led by Marian Gaborik, who had 6 goals in their first 8 games. The Rangers defense, which was their strength with the NHL hockey odds last year, ranked 2nd as well. The Rangers are skating with increased confidence in the young season.
“A lot of it is confidence,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “Even though we know we’re not having the best night, we have the confidence right now that we can win.” Lundqvist is off to a phenomenal start with the NHL hockey odds as he was 6-1 with a 2.15 goals against average and a save percentage of .932.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look primed to defend their Stanley Cup championship this year as they beat the NHL hockey odds in 7 out of their first 8 games. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has continued to impress as he beat the NHL hockey odds in all 7 of his starts with a 2.10 goals against average. The Penguins were blowing out their NHL hockey odds opponents. That made for boring games to which right winger Pascal Dupuis replied, “We’re winning, what’s boring about that?”
The Ottawa Senators won 5 out of their first 7 games to start the season. Ottawa’s strength has been their defense and penalty killing as they ranked 2nd best in the NHL when down a man. Alexei Kovalev arrived from Montreal and has 3 goals and an assist. He scored a goal at Montreal in the Senators 3-1 win last Saturday. “We’re getting more comfortable every night,” said Kovalev. Atlanta looks like a potential bounce back team as they won 4 out of their first 5 games.