Sports gambling excitement continues to build as the Western Conference features a host of on line sports gambling commodities that could end up lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup. As was the case last year the San Jose Sharks are the top seed in the West and one of the sports gambling favorites on the board.
The Sharks suffered a stunning upset loss to the Anaheim Ducks last year and will be looking to avenge that defeat and go all the way. San Jose finished 51-20-5-6 and was ranked 4th overall in the NHL for scoring while ranking 8th in goals against to make for one of the better balanced teams on the board.
The young Chicago Blackhawks bring plenty of fire power to the playoffs and will be another sports gambling favorite to win the West. Chicago is also a well balanced team that ranked 3rd overall in scoring and 6th in goals against.
The Blackhawks had 6 players with at least 20 goals scored or better. Depth is their strength but goaltending is what did them in last year and remains a concern.
One of the most popular teams on the board remain the Detroit Red Wings. Those who do not normally bet on hockey often take Detroit due to their tradition of excellence.
The Red Wings got off to a slow start to the 2009-10 sports gambling season but rallied with a superb second half as one of the hottest teams on the board. Canada’s Olympic gold medal winning coach Mike Babcock leads the Wings.
The Phoenix Coyotes make for a wonderful sports gambling story. They were a bankrupt franchise last year that faced moving or being dissolved but they have rallied to make the playoffs with the third ranked defense in the league. The concern is that they were ranked only 24th in scoring.
The Vancouver Canucks are another attractive sports gambling commodity that could bring outstanding value with Canadian gold medal winning hero Roberto Luongo in goal.
Los Angeles, Colorado, and Nashville round out the field.