2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
44-33-3-2 22-18-1-0 22-15-2-2 38-44 35-37-10
The Tampa Bay Lightning were a solid team in 2006 but were just slightly a losing proposition against the hockey betting odds. Not much has changed for the Lightning in the off-season so expect similar numbers in 2007. Hockey betting fans know that the Lightning did get some good news from the league though.
Hockey betting fans see that the Tampa Bay schedule is the most favorable it has ever been. Lightning general manager Jay Feaster is extremely happy saying that the Lightning has "the best schedule we've had since we've been here." Hockey betting fans see that the schedule has only two road trips that jump time zones and that has only 11 back-to-backs, which is tied for fewest in the East. Those that bet on hockey know that Tampa Bay opens the season against New Jersey.
They have the usual eight games against Southeast opponents and four against other East rivals. Hockey betting fans know that they have home games only with the Northwest, road games only with the Central and no games with the Pacific. That means Tampa avoids Anaheim. Those that bet on hockey see that four of the final seven games are home, but the last three are at Carolina, Washington and Atlanta because the St. Pete Times Forum is hosting the women's basketball Final Four.
Hockey betting fans know that the opener against New Jersey should be interesting as the Lightning look for revenge from last season’s playoff loss. Hockey betting fans see that later in the season the Calgary Flames visit the St. Pete Times Forum for the first time since the Lightning's Game 7 victory in the 2004 Stanley Cup final.
Those that bet on hockey see that Martin St. Louis will wear an 'A' on his jersey next season for the Lightning. Hockey betting fans know that captain Tim Taylor is out for the season with hip surgery so St. Louis will join existing alternate captains Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards next year. "This is a natural extension of the leadership in the room already," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. "He's a veteran who has delivered in the clutch on a consistent basis. And certainly, when Marty St. Louis speaks, he has the respect of the other guys in the room."
Hockey betting fans know that goaltender Marc Denis is happy that GM Doug MacLean is part of a group that has purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hockey betting fans know that Denis had most of his NHL success in Columbus and will try to bounce back after a poor season a year ago when he was 17-18-2 with a 3.19 GAA. Those that bet on hockey see that one major addition for the Lightning is center Chris Gratton who the club picked up from Florida. Hockey betting fans know that the key for Tampa Bay will be getting solid goaltending and the continued excellent play of Vincent Lecavalier.