2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
48-26-1-7 29-7-1-4 19-19-0-3 39-43 30-41-11
Hockey betting fans know that the Minnesota Wild was definitely one of the surprise teams in hockey last year. Hockey betting fans know that the Wild won 48 games and was super at home winning 29 games.
They were also a great success to those betting NHL unders as they went under 41 times last season. Hockey betting fans know that the Wild finished with a franchise best 104 points last year. Hockey betting fans know that the big key for Minnesota is keeping superstar Marian Gaborik healthy. Hockey betting fans know that in Gaborik's 48 games, Minnesota was 33-9-6. Without him, the Wild was 15-17-2.
Hockey betting fans know that the big news in the off-season for Minnesota was the loss of goalie Manny Fernandez. The goalie had a knee injury last year and Niklas Backstrom took the job. Hockey betting fans know that Backstrom was signed to a long-term deal while Fernandez was traded for Petr Kalus. Those betting NHL games know that GM Doug Risebrough also made a few minor moves in the off-season picking up Eric Belanger, Steve Kelly and defenseman Sean Hill.
Hockey betting fans know that the 37 year old Hill will have to sit out the first part of the season due to a failed drug test. Those betting NHL games know that he did finish third in the league last year with 252 hits and sixth with 202 blocked shots. Hockey betting fans know that the Wild did lose Todd White in the off-season.
Hockey betting fans know that the season for Minnesota revolved around Gaborik and Backstrom. Those betting NHL games know that head coach Jacques Lemaire always has his team ready to play. Hockey betting fans know that if he can keep Gaborik healthy, Minnesota could be just as tough as they were a year ago. "I feel comfortable, you know?" Gaborik said. "I feel confident that I can ramp it up now to get conditioning on the ice. My first goal is to play the whole year, to be healthy. If I'm healthy, I am confident I can do a lot of good things for me and the team."
"I know I learned a lot more last year," Gaborik said. "I have to stay on top of this, coming to the rink early and staying after so [Vogt] can loosen things up with the massages. I have to follow the strength program. If I do all this, I'm confident things will be good."
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