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Online Hockey Betting 2009 - Top Goaltenders

Online hockey betting is just a few days away with the opening puck drop set for October 1 and those who bet the line know that the first place to look is in goal.

Online hockey betting, like pitching and baseball, begins with who is between the pipes as a hot goaltender can make for a profitable streak against the hockey betting line. There are some key goaltenders to focus on for the upcoming online hockey betting season and there are also teams that have such a glaring weakness in goal that they would be “go against” commodities on the hockey betting line board.

The top goaltender last online hockey betting season was Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins as he went 36-11-7 with a 2.10 goals against average and had a save percentage of a sparkling .933.

It was no accident that the Boston Bruins were far and away the top money maker against the online hockey betting board last season as a result of Thomas’ efforts.

The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first ever online hockey betting playoff appearance due in large part to the goaltending of Steve Mason who was 33-20-7 with a 2.29 goals against average along with a save percentage of .916.  Mason was the key difference in Columbus finally getting over the post season hump.

The Chicago Blackhawks were the second most profitable team in the 2008-09 online hockey betting season thanks to the stellar performance of goaltenders Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet.

Khabibulin was 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals against average and had a save percentage of .919 to rank 4th overall in online hockey betting for goaltenders while Huet was 20-15-4 with a 2.53 goals against average and had a save percentage of .909.

Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks was a money machine last online hockey betting season as he went 33-13-7 with a 2.34 goals against average and had a save percentage of .920.  Luongo was the main ingredient to Vancouver taking the Northwest division title and ranking as the 4th most profitable team in the league last year.

The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche ranked at the bottom as the biggest money losers on the board last year and much of that can be attributed to having goaltenders at the bottom of the stat charts.