2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
43-28-7-4 23-12-4-2 20-16-3-2 37-45 33-43-6
The Atlanta Thrasher were a straight up success in 2006 but a loser against the hockey betting odds. Hockey betting fans know that not much has changed for Atlanta. They made a few pickups and lost a few players, but all were minor additions and subtractions.
Hockey betting fans know that the main core of players is still the same. Hockey betting fans know that the Thrashers made their first ever playoff appearance last year and looked poised to be very competitive again in 2007. Hockey betting fans know that the problem for Atlanta is that they were quickly dispatched by the Rangers in the playoffs and they have not made any improvements in the off-season.
Hockey betting fans know that the Atlanta defense is a question mark. Those that bet on hockey think the top two are solid with Alexei Zhitnik and Niclas Havelid. Hockey betting fans think past those two are question marks. Garnet Exelby is getting better but last season was the first time Ken Klee played more than 70 games in a season in 7 years and new addition Karel Pilar hasn't played a single NHL game since before the lockout. Hockey betting fans know that the Thrashers have a lot of youth on the blue line and that could mean trouble unless Mark Popovic, Tobias Enstrom and Nathan Oystrick develop quickly. Those that bet on hockey think that losing Andy Sutton may hurt more than it seems.
Hockey betting fans see that there is good news for Atlanta. Those that bet on hockey know that the Thrashers re-signed forward Slava Kozlov to an $11 million, three-year contract. Hockey betting fans know that the Thrashers lost Keith Tkachuk in the off-season so getting Kozlov back was a must. Kozlov set a career high with 80 points in 81 games last season. "Very rarely are these decisions made on everything else besides money, but I think he left a little money on the table," Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. "He deserves a lot of credit. I think Kozzie made a good decision based on a lot of things, not just money." Hockey betting fans know that the Thrashers also signed centers Todd White and Eric Perrin along with left winger Pascal Dupuis. Those that bet on hockey think that the Thrashers will definitely need to score in 2007 and at least with Hossa, Kovalchuk and Kozlov they have the potential to do just that.