NHL betting fans are equally impressed with the Calgary Flames as they have emerged from near death into the thick of the Western Conference race as a fine bet hockey value.
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After a slow start the Calgary Flames have caught fire as one of the hottest teams on the board since the New Year. Calgary had a record of 30-22-3-5 and was 17-9-1-2 at home while going over the total in 17 out of 29 home games with the hockey odds.
The Flames won 7 out of 10 games from January 26 through February 16 to climb into the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The strength of Calgary was their offense that ranked 8th in the NHL for goal scoring while their defense ranked a mediocre 17th for goals against.
Right wing Jarome Iginla led the Flames with 25 goals and 31 assists while left wing Curtis Glencross had 19 goals. Number one goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had a 2.67 goals against average with 26 wins and 3 shutouts.
The San Jose Sharks have also been on fire as of late as they had 8 payouts in 10 games to start the month of February. The Sharks had a NHL online betting mark of 33-21-4-2 and were 18-11-2-1 on the road. San Jose went over the total in just 14 out of 32 away games.
Defense was the key to the Sharks success as they ranked 10th in the NHL for goals against while the offense struggled and ranked 16th for goal scoring. Center Joe Thornton led San Jose with 14 goals and 35 assists while right wing Dany Heatley had 20 goals and 28 assists.
Number one goaltender Antti Niemi, the hero of Chicago’s Stanley Cup title last year, had a 2.43 goals against average and 20 wins with 5 shutouts as San Jose began to prove that they remain one of the better teams in NHL betting.