Betting hockey Thursday includes one of the greatest traditional rivalries in all of hockey gambling and some additional attractive teams that should contend for the Cup. Canadian fans will be betting hockey on the historic rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs taking place in Toronto.
The Canadiens enter the hockey gambling season with a face lift that includes new coach Jacques Martin along with such betting hockey assets as Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Travis Moen, Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, and Paul Mara as general manager Bob Gainey decided new blood was needed for the upcoming season.
Those betting hockey will have to take caution until the team chemistry is sorted out. Goaltender Carey Price is already under fire by those betting hockey for his performance in the playoffs as he had a poor 4.11 goals against average.
General Manager Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs shares the fans concerns and those betting hockey should take note that he will not be going with a rebuilding program but intends to retool and to try and win now. Phil Kessel was the big betting hockey pickup by Burke this year as he scored 36 goals for Boston last year.
The Maple Leafs are open about expecting betting hockey success that will translate into a playoff spot. The Habs and Leafs will open a CBC doubleheader.
Also on the board for Thursday will be the Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins on Versus, San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche on Versus, and the Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames on CBC.
Washington has high expectations after their playoff run last year that went 7 games against eventual champion Pittsburgh while Boston was the top seed in the east that bombed in the second round against Carolina. San Jose adds Dany Heatley to the lineup as they bombed out in the post season like Boston.
Colorado looks to be rebuilding after missing the playoffs last year. Vancouver is led by goaltender Roberto Luongo and overcame the Flames at the end of the season to win the northwest division.