Hockey betting fans will have an outstanding selection of potential playoff teams with the NHL betting matchup of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Faceoff time for this one is set for 7 PM Eastern Time and Sports-Gambling will have both the side and over/under odds so be sure and open your account today.
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their opening game over the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3 as a sellout home crowd saw Steven Stamkos score 2 goals and add 1 assists for the win with the ice hockey lines. Mike Smith got the start in goal and made 27 saves. Last year Tampa finished 34-36-12 good for 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Long time Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman has accepted the challenge of running the Lightning and hired Guy Boucher as head coach. Stamkos exploded last year for 51 goals to share the Rocket Richard Trophy with Sidney Crosby as the NHL’s top goal scorer. Long time stalwarts Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier return.
The Philadelphia Flyers are off to great start in defense of their Eastern Conference championship with a mark of 2 wins and 1 overtime loss. The Flyers are coming off a 4-2 home win over the Colorado Avalanche with the NHL betting odds.
Daniel Briere, Jeff Carter, and Claude Giroux each have 2 goals and Sergei Bobrovsky has both of the Flyers wins in goal with a 2.00 goals against average. Philadelphia was something of an upstart surprise in the playoffs last year but their winning experience should carry over with a better long term performance in 2010-11.
Tampa Bay has a hockey betting record of 23-52 against teams with winning records. They have struggled big time on the road with a mark of just 26-69. Against Atlantic Division teams the Lightning have gone just 16-42.
Philadelphia has gone 25-8 in their last 33 home games and the Flyers have scored 9 wins in their last 10 Eastern Conference matchups. In this head to head series Philadelphia has paid out in 5 straight games over Tampa Bay including 4 out of their last 5 at home.