2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
50-25-3-4 28-11-0-2 22-14-3-2 38-44 34-42-6
The Dallas Stars won 50 games in 2006 and were a huge surprise to many hockey betting fans. They were also a success for those that were looking at hockey betting line totals as they went under in 42 games. Hockey betting fans think that the Stars will need to repeat that defensive success because they have done very little to improve their team in the off-season.
Hockey betting fans know that the Stars really showed what type of team they are in the playoffs against Vancouver. Those looking at the hockey betting line know that they won three games against the Canucks and all were shutouts. Hockey betting fans know that the problem for Dallas is that they are getting older and nothing was done to improve them in the off-season.
Hockey betting fans know that the Stars have a solid, but sometimes inconsistent goalie in Marty Turco. Hockey betting fans know that they have a super defensive forward in Jere Lehtinen and an aging star in Mike Modano. That is about it. Hockey betting fans know that their leading scorer, Mike Ribeiro had 59 points (only 18 goals) in 81 games. Hockey betting fans know that is a major problem.
Those looking at the hockey betting line know that the Stars have not made it very far in the playoffs in recent years and president Jim Lites had something to say about that, "In the new NHL, there are no longer 'upsets' in the first round. All eight playoff teams in the West could have easily won the conference. The 'new NHL' includes first round match-ups that are much closer than in the old system. The playing field is more level than ever before. Some believe that we should make wholesale changes to this club because we have struggled in the playoffs of late. We disagree. It would be irresponsible of us to trade some of our core players because we believe that won't make us better. At the end of the day we would punish the fans and ourselves."
Those looking at the hockey betting line think the problem for Dallas is that they play in a tough division. Hockey betting fans know that Anaheim is the defending Stanley Cup Champion. Those looking at the hockey betting line know that San Jose is a very good team led by Joe Thornton and they are deep Los Angeles is young but talented and made some changes to their line-up. Phoenix is making changes to improve. Hockey betting fans know that nothing will be easy for Dallas and matching 50 wins will be next to impossible.
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