Hockey betting the NHL Western Conference has had some surprise changes for 2008-09. Handicappers that bet on hockey can see changes with both teams in this one. Not that long ago, as hockey betting fans recall, the Anaheim Ducks were Stanley Cup champions with a promising future under Brian Burke.
Burke left the Ducks earlier this season for Toronto, which has left a share of concern amongst those who bet on hockey. Not that Anaheim has fallen totally off the cliff. The Ducks had an overall hockey betting record of 17-12-2-1 straight up but just 14-18 against the hockey lines.
Anaheim is still considered an “A” list team by most who bet on hockey. As the Ducks carry so much respect, they also carry lesser hockey betting value than you would expect. Anaheim picked up its play somewhat in December and was a decent 7-5-1-0 on the road.
The Ducks had an over/under hockey betting run going in which from December 3 through December 16 they went over the total in 4 out of 6 games. Anaheim was a middle of the road 14th overall on offense and a slightly better 12th overall on defense.
Like everyone else in the Pacific Division the Ducks were being blown away by San Jose. Dallas had a rough start to the hockey betting season, which alarmed many gamblers that came to respect their run in the playoffs last year.
Dallas had an overall hockey betting mark of 13-14-2-2 straight up but a bankroll busting 11-20 against the hockey lines. Far too many members of the hockey betting sector are betting on the Stars based on last year and its killing Dallas’ overall value. It also doesn’t help that the Stars are ranked 28th overall in defense.
Dallas did enjoy something of a hockey betting resurgence from November 30 through December 18 as they got the cash in 6 out of 9 games. Dallas had an over/under hockey betting mark of 18-12-1 over the total.
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