2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
42-34-1-5 26-12-0-3 16-22-1-2 39-43 34-36-12
Hockey betting fans know that the Montreal Canadiens just slipped into the playoffs last season on the final day of the betting NHL season beating out the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey betting fans know that the Canadiens have done just enough in recent seasons to give these same hockey betting followers hope, but not much else.
Hockey betting fans learned that in the off-season the Canadiens traded away forward Sergei Samsonov to Chicago for Jason Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Enthusiasts of hockey betting were optimistic that they signed center Bryan Smolinski, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and defenseman Patrice Brisesbois.
Canadiens hockey betting fans think the key for Montreal is the continued excellent play of goaltender Cristobal Huet and the play of Saku Koivu. Fans betting NHL games know that the Canadiens don’t have a lot of offensive weapons so Koivu has to carry the load pretty much every night. Hockey betting fans know that it is a similar situation to the one in Toronto where Mats Sundin carries the load. Fans betting NHL games know that the Canadiens signed right winger Michael Ryder to a one year contract and perhaps he can help Koivu.
Every one that is into hockey betting knows that the problem for Montreal is that they do not have the talent to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup. Hockey betting followers believe that they have just enough to possibly make the playoffs. Fans betting NHL games know that GM Bob Gainey just about said as much, "I think we have a team that can make the playoffs - and if you make the playoffs, you have a chance to win the Cup."
Hockey betting fans are aware that Gainey thinks the Canadiens are better than they were a year ago. "I think you start by looking at our goaltending," Gainey said. "We have some depth at that position and it's one position which make a difference in a game." Fans of hockey betting the moment they found out that Montreal had Huet and youngster Jaroslav Halak, who came up from the team's AHL affiliate in Hamilton and took the No. 1 job away from David Aebischer when Huet was hurt. "We have a lot of young players who have another year of experience under their belts and we have some depth," said Gainey.