Hockey betting handicappers are impressed with how the Penguins rallied to the cause without their superstar captain to remain one of the top NHL gambling commodities in the Eastern Conference.
The Atlanta Thrashers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday with a starting time of 3 PM ET. Open your Sports Gambling account for side and total odds on this Eastern Confe4rene matchup on the final day of the regular season and be set for action throughout the playoffs all the way to the Stanley Cup!
Defense will be the key for Pittsburgh if they are to have success in the NHL Playoffs. The Penguins had a record of 45-25-5-3 and were an impressive 21-11-3-3 on the road. Pittsburgh was ranked 7th in the NHL for goals against while their offense languished without Crosby and ranked 17th for goal scoring.
Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has emerged as a bona fide top goaltender this year with 34 wins and a 2.32 goals against average with 3 shutouts as he has had to shoulder much of the burden during Crosby’s absence.
Crosby remained far and away the Penguins leading scorer with 32 goals and 34 assists despite playing in just 41 games. Left winger Chris Kunitz has been the Penguins top goal scorer in place of Crosby as he had 22 goals.
Atlanta was a surprise contender for the hockey playoffs in the first half of the season before fading badly down the stretch. The Thrashers were 33-32-5-7 overall and were 17-15-2-5 at home.
Atlanta went under the total in 14 out of 39 home games. Goaltending has been a major weakness for Atlanta as they ranked 28th in the NHL for goals against while ranking just 18th for goal scoring.
Pittsburgh has gotten the money in their last 3 games against Atlanta and has paid out in 11 of the last 12 meetings in this head to head series.
Pittsburgh has also had solid long term success at Atlanta with 13 wins in their last 20 visits and 4 payouts in their last 5 games at Phillips Arena. Just 1 of the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta has gone over the hockey betting total.