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NHL Hockey Betting Online – Early Games Crucial To Later Success In Eastern Conference

Posted by Don Melrose on 11/11/2011 3:29:47 PM
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While it is still early in the NHL regular season, a quick look to the Eastern conference standings reveals two teams that made the playoffs a year ago are on the outside looking in, with two teams that didn’t make it occupying a pair of the top-three spots at the top. If the teams on the outside are going to have any chance at climbing back into contention as the sports betting year goes on, they will need to begin to turn it around now and avoid the complacency that could burn them in the end.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Carolina Hurricanes

Monday, 7:00 PM ET

Although the Hurricanes didn’t make the playoffs last year, the development of a couple of young stars in Jeff Skinner and Brandon Sutter and the steady play of Cam Ward had some believing in their quick start to the season. However, after losing three straight entering this past weekend, Carolina found itself near the bottom of the standings in the east along with the Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders. It won’t get any easier for the Hurricanes this week with a visit from the powerful Flyers, which earned a point in five of their first six road games. Philadelphia’s powerful offense is capable of scoring a ton of goals, and if Carolina is going to keep this game competitive they will need a big game from both their young stars and Ward, but even then two points could be a difficult task.

NHL Betting Pick: Philadelphia Flyers

Buffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens

Monday, 7:00 PM ET

The Canadiens snapped a string of consecutive losses with an overtime win at the Phoenix Coyotes, but need to be able to put together an extended winning streak if they are going to make up for a slow start and move back into the top eight. Montreal pushed the defending Stanley Cup champions to overtime of game seven in last year’s opening round series, and improved on paper in the offseason, so they should eventually come around. There won’t be a better time to start that run than at home against the division rival Sabres, who have been hot of late and could be overdue for a loss. The Canadiens have struggled at home out of the gate with just two sportsbooks wins in eight games, and simply have to be better at the Bell Centre.

NHL Betting Pick: Montreal Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Winnipeg Jets

Monday, 8:30 PM ET

The fact that this game will be played the day before the general manager meetings means that this could be the Lightning’s last chance to show off their awful 1-3-1 scheme, although a trip to Winnipeg is hardly reason to use it. It isn’t that the Jets haven’t held their own in the goal department, it’s that they had allowed more goals than any other team in the Eastern conference with the exception of the Ottawa Senators heading in to this past online wagering weekend. Led by Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, the Lightning offense can score a ton of goals, and should be more than willing to flex their muscle at that end of the ice and pick up another win.

NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning

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