Betting hockey online fans were surprised at Philadelphia’s Eastern Conference championship last year but they are proving that it was not a fluke as a dominant NHL betting commodity in 2010-11.
The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Philadelphia Flyers in a key Eastern Conference matchup that could be a preview of a playoff series in the spring. NHL NET will televise the game starting at 8 PM ET. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open for side and total odds on this game.
Philadelphia had a NHL sports betting record of 36-12-2-3 and was 17-6-2-1 on the road as the top team in the Atlantic Division standings. The Flyers may have surprised everyone with their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring but nobody is surprised any more as they have proven to be one of the elite teams in the league.
Offense is the key to the Flyers success as they ranked 2nd in the NHL for goal scoring while ranking 9th for goals against. Philadelphia’s excellent play has continued as of late as they got the money in 8 out of 10 games from January 16 through February 10 to widen their lead in the Atlantic and contend for home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Right wing Claude Giroux led the Flyers with 19 goals and 32 assists while center Jeff Carter had 26 goals and 23 assists. Right wing Daniel Briere added 27 goals to the Flyers attack. The goaltending tandem of Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky was effective and both netminders had goals against averages beneath 2.50.
Carolina had a betting NHL record of 26-22-4-4 but was struggling as of late with just 1 payout in 6 games to start the month of February. Carolina ranked 9th in the NHL for goal scoring but was a poor 23rd in the league for goals against.
All Star captain Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with 56 points including 27 goals. Carolina was 14-9-1-1 at home and went under the betting hockey online total in 13 of 25 games as a host. Center Jeff Skinner was another key asset with 21 goals and 23 assists.