2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
43-29-5-5 30-9-1-1 13-20-4-4 39-43 38-33-11
Hockey betting fans know that the biggest news about the 2007 Calgary Flames comes from who is behind the bench. Mike Keenan is back as a head coach in the NHL and the Flames will definitely be interesting to watch this year.
Hockey betting fans know that Calgary also added winner Owen Nolan, defenseman Adrian Aucoin, defenseman David Hale and defenseman Anders Eriksson. The Flames were a superb home team for hockey betting fans last year but a rotten road squad. Hockey betting fans know that has to change if Calgary is to be taken as a threat to win the Stanley Cup.
Those fans betting NHL games know that Calgary lost quite a bit in the off-season including wingers Tony Amonte and Jeff Friesen. They also lost defenseman Roman Hamrlik and Brad Stuart. Hockey betting fans know that the Flames made the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2004 but have done very little since. Hockey betting fans know that they have lost in the first round of the playoffs twice since then. Those fans betting NHL games know that Mike Keenan is expected to change that this season. Hockey betting fans know that Calgary is also looking at some top prospects to make an impact this season.
Hockey betting fans know that Jerome Iginla carries the Flames most of the time. He finally got over the 90-point barrier for the first time since 2002 but he still has not delivered in the playoffs on a consistent basis. Those fans betting NHL games believe that 25-year old Matthew Lombardi will need to play up to his potential this season.
Hockey betting fans know that the Northwest Division is tough but the Flames will be in the mix with Vancouver, Colorado and Minnesota. Hockey betting fans know that last season the Flames were 17-12-3 against divisional opponents. Last year Calgary finished one point ahead of the Avalanche for 3rd place.
Hockey betting fans know that the Flames have a lot of talent and are capable of making a run under Keenan. They have solid forwards in Iginla, Tanguay and Huselius. Those fans betting NHL games think the defense looks okay with Phaneuf, Regehr and Sarich. The good news is that they have a star goalie in Kiprusoff. Losing Hamrlik does hurt but the loss can be overcome. Calgary definitely needs to play better on the road and they will under Keenan.
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