2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
48-25-3-6 25-13-1-2 23-12-2-4 45-37 36-42-4
Hockey betting fans know that the Ottawa Senators were a straight up success and a hockey betting success for those betting NHL games in 2006. When the senators made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals it was great news for hockey betting fans before Anaheim routed them. The Senators were a solid team going 45-37 against the hockey betting odds last season. More of the same can probably be expected this season.
Hockey betting fans know that the Senators will be going with a different coach as Bryan Murray moved upstairs with assistant John Paddock the new head coach. Senators Hockey betting enthusiasts are hurt finding out that the team lost center Mike Comrie and defenseman Tom Preissing to free agency. Those betting NHL games this season see that the team did sign defenseman Luke Richardson to a one year deal in the off-season. The 38-year-old had three assists and 16 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Luckily for hockey betting fans the Ottawa Senators is solid in goal and on the blue line and has a great top line. The team did lose Comrie and Peter Schaefer so that does hurt. The team did pick up forward Shean Donovan.
Hockey betting fans believe that Ottawa should still score goals this season and the defense may be better. Knowing that there is a spot on the top line available and Antoine Vermette is the leading candidate this makes it very lucrative for hockey betting. Ottawa Hockey betting fans know that the Senators are expected to once again challenge for the Stanley Cup again this season. To every Senators hockey betting follower dismay it could be the last hurrah for Ottawa because Dany Heatley, Mike Fisher and Wade Redden are all set to become unrestricted free agents, while Jason Spezza will need a new deal. Hockey betting fans know that also in the final year of their contracts are Mike Fisher, Andrej Meszaros, Patrick Eaves, Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan. "We'd obviously like to get something done, but I'm not going to let it (the contract) be a distraction," Spezza said, "We're just going to wait and see what happens.
Those fans betting NHL games know that Heatley has more leverage than Spezza. He's coming off consecutive 50-goal seasons. Spezza is coming off a 34-goal, 83-point regular season. Those betting NHL games know that Spezza has said this is a big year for the Senators because of the potential losses after the season. "We're both going to play and we're going to play together," he said. "I don't think either of us is worried about having a job somewhere, but we have to focus on this year. Obviously, we want to try to stay together and we're going to try to make it work, but we're not going to let it be a distraction for us. If we do that, we're going to have a bad year this year, and what's the point of signing a long-term deal if you're going to have a bad year?"