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Sports Gambling - NHL West Matchups

Sports gambling anticipation continues to build for the upcoming NHL Western Conference Playoffs with several top contenders to choose from.

Sports gambling fans will see a great deal of on line sports gambling parity and potential upsets in a Western Conference lineup that is loaded with contenders. A potentially great sports gambling matchup will take place in the opening round between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Phoenix emerged from bankruptcy last year to earn home ice advantage in the first round while Detroit is a traditional power.  Detroit has dominated this head to head series with a mark of 24-7-6 in the last 37 meetings.

They have also gone 16-5-3 in their last 24 meetings in Phoenix.  The two teams have gone under the sports gambling total in just 5 out of their last 18 matchups.

The Colorado Avalanche are a surprise playoff team and face the unenviable challenge of taking on the heavily favored and top seeded San Jose Sharks in what could be considered by those who bet on hockey a mismatch.

The chalk has gotten the money in 7 out of the 8 head to head matchups and the host has won 6 straight.  San Jose has won 6 out of their last 8 games against Colorado.

The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings make for one of the most even sports gambling matchups of the first round.  The home team has covered 6 out of the last 7 games in this head to head series while the favorite has won 4 out of the last 5.

Vancouver may hold a significant sports gambling edge with Canadian gold medal goaltender Roberto Luongo.

The Nashville Predators will be heavy sports gambling underdogs against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Chicago has beaten Nashville in 6 out of their last 8 meetings including 4 out of the last 5 games between the teams in Chicago.

The Blackhawks have the hot hand entering the playoffs with 6 wins in their last 7 games.  Nashville has trended poorly in the opening round of the playoffs with a mark of 3-12.