|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Thursday, 05 March 2009 07:53|
NHL wagering fortunes have improved for Pittsburgh while Florida has maintained a steady hockey wagering pace towards the playoffs. NHL wagering fans have seen improved play from the Pittsburgh Penguins since the hiring of Dan Bylsma as coach in a desperate attempt to save their season.
After suffering a hockey wagering loss to the lowly Islanders in Bylsma’s debut Pittsburgh went on to win three of their next four NHL wagering opportunities to stand at 30-26-2-4 straight up and 26-36 against the odds.
Pittsburgh was ranked 12th overall on the NHL wagering stat charts for offense and that has to improve as their defense was ranked just 24th. While the Penguins were out of the top eight slots in the eastern conference they were just 3 points out of a playoff spot and with plenty of time left in the NHL wagering season to get where they need to be.
Sidney Crosby is needed in his form of last year, however, if that is going to happen. The Florida Panthers have been one of the surprise stories in NHL wagering this season. Florida was 31-22-2-6 straight up and 31-29 against the hockey wagering board.
The Panthers were in 6th place in the eastern conference standings and had gone on a NHL wagering stretch in which they had won 6 out of 9 games from February 10 through February 26. Florida was a strong NHL wagering “under” team with a mark of 24-34-2 under the total including a home mark of 10-18-1 under the number.
Florida’s NHL wagering strength was their 6th ranked defense led by goaltender Tomas Vokoun who had a 2.41 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Backup Craig Anderson’s numbers were nearly identical.
Florida scored an impressive NHL wagering win over Pittsburgh by a score of 6-1 on January 3 from Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, as Keith Ballard had 2 goals and 2 assists while Anderson made 29 saves.
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