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NHL Betting - Kings at Blues

NHL betting fans will have their choice of stark contrasts in teams from the western conference to handicap against the hockey odds as St. Louis hosts L.A.

NHL betting expectations are extra high on the St. Louis Blues after their sweep the Detroit Red Wings against the hockey odds last weekend in Europe. The St. Louis Blues closed the 2008-09 NHL betting season as one of the hottest teams on the board as their late season run against the hockey odds put them in the playoffs for the first time since before the NHL lockout.

With that strong finish the Blues had high NHL betting expectations that have now increased after their 2-0 start to the season in Europe where they defeated the defending western conference champion Detroit Red Wings by scores of 4-3 and 5-3.

St. Louis’s power play looks to be a NHL betting asset as they were 4-9 with the man advantage in those two games.  Veteran left winger Paul Kariya had an impressive NHL betting debut against Detroit with 2 goals and 2 assists in the 2 games.  Another veteran leader, left winger Keith Tkachuk, also had 2 goals against the Red Wings.

Tkachuk received special recognition from his teammates for sacrificing his body in front of the opposition goal.  Goaltenders Ty Conklin and Chris Mason each picked up a win on the road trip.  The Los Angeles Kings laid a royal stink bomb in their NHL betting opener at home against the Phoenix Coyotes as they were blown out 3-6.

The loss to a team that is in bankruptcy court hardly encourages NHL betting handicappers to look their way at the start of the season.  Goaltender Jonathan Quick was horrible in the loss as he allowed 6 goals on 30 shots and reinforced NHL betting concerns about the Kings goaltending ability.

Even worse than Quick’s performance was the defensive effort in front of him as he received little support and two turnovers in the LA zone quickly turned into Coyote goals.  The loss was a letdown for the sellout crowd and for an organization trying to remake its losing image.