Sports gambling handicappers have seen the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators emerge as the two hottest teams on the board with the sports gambling odds in their drive towards the playoffs.
The Detroit Red Wings are the defending Western Conference champions and spent most of the season wallowing out of the top eight and out of a playoff spot. But since February 13 the Red Wings have been one of the biggest money makers on the sports gambling board with 14 payouts in 17 games through April 1.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard has been a major reason for the Red Wings success as he has a record of 34-24-2 and a 2.27 goals against average while playing each and every game of that streak with the sports gambling lines.
The Ottawa Senators began a strong resurgence in late March after a bad slump that endangered their post season hopes. Ottawa stopped the bleeding and put together a 6 game sports gambling payout streak from March 22 through April 1 as goaltender Brian Elliott backstopped them in all 6 of their wins.
One team that was a surprise for most of the season has begun to run on fumes and lose much of their sports gambling board value. The Colorado Avalanche lost 7 out of 8 games from March 17 through April 2 as their 6th ranked offense tailed off as did goaltender Craig Anderson, who was not getting a lot of help in front.
Colorado’s sports gambling slump put them in grave danger of missing the playoffs with the final eighth place spot in the Western Conference as the surging Calgary Flames closed the gap with 10 wins out of 15 games from March 5 through April 2 including a key 2-1 win at Colorado on April 2.
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has been a major reason why Calgary is back in the race as he has posted 35 wins and the Flames rank 4th best in the NHL for goals permitted.
The Edmonton Oilers have basically thrown in the towel with a pathetic sports gambling performance in which they won just 3 out of 12 games from March 9 through April 2 and had just 24 payouts in 77 games overall.