Hockey betting fans are also taking a hard look at the Carolina Hurricanes as a leading contender to make the Eastern Conference online hockey betting post season come spring.
In one of the most important games of the season in the Eastern Conference and Southeast Division the Atlanta Thrashers will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night with a start time of 5 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling for side and total odds on this critical matchup that has major playoff implications.
Carolina was 12-12-1-3 with the hockey gambling odds on the road and went over the total in 16 of those games. The Hurricanes had one of the better offensive units in the league as they ranked 8th for goal scoring but their defense was a question mark as it ranked 23rd for goals against.
Atlanta was 24-21-4-6 with the hockey lines including 12-11-1-4 at home. The Thrashers went over the total in just 11 of their 28 home games. Atlanta was a solid offensive team that ranked 10th for goal scoring but their defense was a poor 26th in the NHL for goals against.
Dustin Byfuglien, a hero of Chicago’s Stanley Cup run of last year, led Atlanta was 41 points while Ondrej Pavelec had a 2.53 goals against average. The Thrashers were a poor 29th in the NHL for penalty killing and lost 8 of 10 games from January 14 through February 5.
Carolina has won 6 of the last 7 meetings in this head to head series including the last 3 consecutive matchups. This is the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams. Carolina scored a 3-2 payout at Atlanta on December 16 and then got the money in a 4-3 home win on January 9 as the game went over the total, snapping a 4 game under streak in the series.
On February 5 Carolina scored a 4-3 home payout against the Thrashers as the game went over the total. Carolina has had plenty of hockey betting success at Atlanta with 14 payouts in their last 19 visits including 4 consecutive wins at Philips Arena. The last 3 meetings in this series at Atlanta went under the total.