Hockey betting fans have much to consider with the western conference this year when evaluating the hockey betting odds as the race looks to be wide open for 2009-10. The reigning hockey betting power of the west is of course the Detroit Red Wings, who finally began to show their suspect age and lack of firepower in their Stanley Cup Finals loss against the hockey betting odds last spring against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Detroit will still be amongst the hockey betting favorites to win the west but much of their luster is gone after last year’s failure and Detroit is considered to be an aging team. The young up and coming power to replace Detroit could be the Chicago Blackhawks, who lost to the Red Wings in the western conference finals last year.
Chicago is loaded offensively but must shore up the defensive end of the ice to be a complete team that can win in the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks fell flat on their faces in the hockey betting playoffs last year after a strong regular season. San Jose’s reaction to losing in the opening round of the playoffs will be a challenging handicap.
They learned the hockey betting lesson of so many previous teams before them in that regular season dominance does not guarantee playoff success. The St. Louis Blues were one of the strongest teams in all of hockey betting for the second half of last season and appear to have momentum for a strong 2009-10 season ahead.
The Blues have a nice mixture of young players and veterans. The Vancouver Canucks will always be a hockey betting asset worth considering with Roberto Luongo in goal. Luongo literally carried the Canucks to the Northwest division title but needs more support for the Canucks to be considered a top shelf hockey betting contender.
While the Anaheim Ducks came on strong at the end and nearly upset Detroit in the second round of the playoffs last year they seem to lack the depth to make a serious run for 2010.