2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
53-22-3-4 28-10-1-2 25-12-2-2 35-47 42-39-1
The Buffalo Sabres were a straight up success last season but a hockey betting bust. Those numbers could reverse this season as the Sabres are not going to match last year’s 53 wins but they could be better against the hockey betting odds.
Hockey betting players know that the Sabres lost two key members of their team in Chris Drury and Daniel Briere. Fans betting NHL games think they will be nearly impossible to replace. Adding overrated Jocelyn Thibault in goal was not a move that hockey betting enthusiasts appreciated. If the Sabres are to contend again for the upper part of the Eastern Conference santdings and this is something hockey betting players should remember they will need Mike Ryan (C/LW), Clarke MacArthur (LW), Daniel Paille (LW) and Drew Stafford (RW) to make contributions. Hockey betting players know that Tim Connolly and Derek Roy will now be looked upon as the top two centers, while Paul Gaustad will most likely move up to center the 3rd line. Hockey betting fans are aware that Connolly must play well or Buffalo is in serious trouble.
Hockey betting players know that Lindy Ruff will really get tested this year as head coach of the Sabres. Losing arguably your two best players is a tough thing. Those fans betting NHL games this season know that the Sabres are not going to be as good this year, period. Hockey betting players think that the defense is going to have to make up for the loss of scoring. Nathan Paetsch and Andrej Sekera may be able to help the defense. Those fans betting NHL games this season think that GM Darcy Regier may be on the hot seat in Buffalo. He didn’t keep either of his star players and did nothing to replace them. Everyone that expects on betting NHL games think that the Sabres overpaid for Thomas Vanek and he is not worth the money.
Most hockey betting experts think that Buffalo is going to fall to at least 2nd in the division and perhaps farther. Hockey betting players think that Ottawa may have also regressed a little bit but Buffalo is substantially weaker. The Sabres will have their work cut out for them during the 2007 hockey season.