Sports gambling handicappers will have an excellent lineup of top contenders in the Eastern Conference to make for a fine on line sports gambling challenge. The Ottawa Senators will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a first round sports gambling matchup.
Ottawa finished 44-32-1-5 while Pittsburgh was 47-28-5-2. Both teams were big money losers this year, however, as consistent big favorite overlays. The favorite has gotten the cash in 20 out of the last 27 meetings between these two teams. The road team has won 7 out of the last 10 head to head matchups.
The New Jersey Devils will be a favorite in their opening round sports gambling series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia has had success against the Devils recently, however, with 6 wins in the last 7 head to head meetings.
The favorite has gotten the money in 22 out of the last 29 meetings between the teams and the host is 35-16 in head to head action.
One series that could attract extra attention from those who bet on hockey is between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres. The two teams have failed to go over the total in their last 5 meetings and have gone over the total only once in their last 11 sports gambling matchups in Buffalo.
Buffalo has a strong home ice edge over Boston with 13 wins in their last 18 games as a host in this head to head series. Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller is one of the best in the game and is remembered for his heroics in the past Olympics as Team USA goaltender.
The Washington Capitals will be a prohibitive sports gambling favorite in their first round series against the Montreal Canadiens. The home team has won 7 out of the last 10 meetings in this head to head series and the Caps are 4-1 in their last 5 home games against Montreal.
The two teams have gone under the sports gambling total just once in their last six games.