Bet on hockey handicappers have been surprised at the results of both teams with the hockey odds as the Rangers are doing better than expected while the Canadiens are doing worse. The New York Rangers have impressed everyone that likes to bet on hockey as they beat the hockey odds in 7 out of their first 8 games.
The Rangers were one of the worst offensive teams to bet on hockey with last year but that has not been the case so far in 2009-10 as they were the second highest scoring team in the league.
The Rangers were a good defensive club to bet on hockey with last year and that has continued this season as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had a record of 6-1 with a 2.15 goals against average and a phenomenal save percentage of .932.
The Rangers were tied with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins as the best team in the Eastern Conference to bet on hockey with. Much was expected from the Montreal Canadiens by those who bet on hockey as the 2009-10 season began but the Habs have come up flat so far as they won just 2 out of their first 7 games.
Montreal has shown no strengths to bet on hockey with so far as they ranked 27th in goal scoring and 23rd in goals against average. After a 1-3 home loss to the Ottawa Senators last Saturday the Habs extended their bet on hockey losing streak to 5 games.
The power play has been a big problem for Montreal this year and that continued against Ottawa as the Canadiens failed to convert a 5-3 man advantage in the loss and had failed in 11 out of their last 12 power plays overall after that defeat.
“The difference in the game is that we had a 5-on-3 and we didn’t score and they had a 5-on-3 and scored the winning goal”, said Montreal head coach Jacques Martin. This is the 5th game of a 6 game home stand for Montreal and one they need to take advantage of but the Rangers defense will make it a stiff challenge.