Sports gambling handicappers will have a talented lineup of teams in the Eastern Conference to evaluate as there are many legitimate on line sports gambling threats. The high flying Washington Capitals are the sports gambling favorite to win the Eastern Conference.
Washington is the top seed in the East and finished with a record of 54-17-7-6. The Caps were the top scoring team in the NHL this year and were led by superstar Alex Ovechkin’s 50 goals. The Caps were ranked in the middle of the NHL for goals against, however, as that remains a lingering concern.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the other top sports gambling choice in the East and are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They boast the NHL’s leading goal scorer and best player with Sidney Crosby and ranked 5th overall in the NHL for scoring but a poor 20th in goals against average.
On the next level are the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres. The Devils, much like the Western Conference Detroit Red Wings, are a familiar name, even with those who don’t normally bet on hockey.
As always they are a top defensive team that had the best goals against average in the NHL as goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Yann Danis were stellar. The Devils ranked only 19th in scoring, however.
US Olympic hero Ryan Miller leads the Buffalo Sabres with a fine 2.22 goals against average. Miller makes the Sabres a legitimate sports gambling contender as he showed how far a goaltender can take a team with his Olympic performance.
Buffalo could be excellent sports gambling value and “sleeper” as they are well balanced and ranked 9th in scoring and 4th for goals against.
The Ottawa Senators are a sports gambling surprise as they weren’t expected to make the playoffs. On paper they don’t impress but they play with grit and determination.
The remaining teams are Montreal, Philadelphia, and Boston. The Boston Bruins were a top seed last year and may be a dangerous dark horse.