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Bet on the NHLNHL hockey odds handicappers are stunned to see the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes at the top of the Western Conference hockey betting standings so far. NHL hockey odds bettors have also been surprised at the weak hockey betting starts of the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks.

The Colorado Avalanche missed the NHL hockey odds playoffs for the second time in three seasons last year but have taken off like a rocket to start the 2009-10 hockey betting campaign with just 1 loss in their first 8 games.  Their biggest online betting win against the NHL hockey odds was this past Saturday when they scored a 4-3 shootout win at Detroit.  Colorado has one of the youngest teams in the league and has shown a great work ethic with the NHL hockey odds.

“There’s no quit in our guys right now,” said rookie head coach Joe Sacco.

The Phoenix Coyotes spent the off season in bankruptcy court and in limbo as they were rumored to be moving to several different cities.  Not much was expected out of Phoenix with the NHL hockey odds but the Coyotes won 5 out of their first 7 games to take the top spot in the Pacific Division.  Phoenix has the top ranked defense with the NHL hockey odds so far.  Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was 5-1 with a stellar 1.14 goals against average.

“We’ve got a pretty solid team,” said Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski.  “I wouldn’t say great, but solid.  But we can become great.”

The Vancouver Canucks were one of the NHL hockey odds favorites to win the western conference this year but lost 4 out of their first 7 games.  What was most surprising about Vancouver’s problems with the NHL hockey odds has been the play of goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was 3-4 with a poor 3.41 goals against average.

“We’ve got to play our system,” said Luongo. “We’re turning pucks over and just not playing the way we need to as a team and we’ve got to take some responsibility on ourselves and make sure we know what we’re doing.”

Anaheim, a Western Conference semi finalist last year, won just 3 out of their first 7 games.  The Ducks ranked a poor 25th in the NHL goal scoring department and frustration is growing.

“When your team gets frustrated, then they start doing things out of character that you don’t want them to do,” said coach Randy Carlyle.


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