Hockey bet changes are coming this post season and one of the biggest and newest hockey wagering factors is the emergence of Columbus! Hockey bet handicappers will see the Columbus Blue Jackets make the hockey wagering post season for the first time in their history this year.
Columbus has not always been a good value to make a hockey bet with; however, as despite a straight up record of 40-29-2-6 they were just 37-39 against the hockey gambling lines. The strength of Columbus is their 8th ranked defense.
That defense is the usual reason for a gambler to win a hockey bet on Columbus, who ranked just 21st overall on offense. Goaltender Steve Mason has had an excellent season with 32 wins, a .918 save percentage, and a 2.22 goals against average.
Left wing Rick Nash has supplied much of the offense for Columbus as he led the team with 36 goals and 38 assists. Fellow left wing Kristian Huselius and center RJ Umberger have also emerged as assets to make a hockey bet with.
The Chicago Blackhawks were one of the best values to make a hockey bet with for most of the season but they have cooled off in the season’s second half. Chicago had an overall record of 42-24-5-6 straight up and 41-36 against the hockey gambling lines.
The Blackhawks have been one of the best home teams to make a hockey bet on as they had a mark of 23-9-3-4 for the season. Chicago is an incredibly well balanced team that ranked a strong 5th overall on both offense and defense.
Chicago began to perk up again recently as from March 22 through April 3 they were once again one of the top values to make a hockey bet on. The Hawks paid off gamblers in 5 out of 7 games during that span.
Chicago is lead by a trio of talented young forwards in Martin Havlat, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane who all had at least 66 points. Goaltenders Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin have been nearly equal in effectiveness.
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