2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
49-26-3-4 26-11-2-2 23-15-1-2 42-40 30-43-9
Hockey betting players know that the Vancouver Canucks are probably the most defensive team in the NHL. They went under the hockey betting total 43 times last season and it would have been more if betting NHL oddsmakers had not adjusted their totals.
Hockey betting players know that the Canucks have a super goalie in Roberto Luongo and a strong defensive unit. Hockey betting players know that they also have very little scoring past Naslund. Hockey betting players know that the Canucks did pick up Anson Carter and Brad Isbister in the off season along with Taylor Pyatt and Marc Chouinard. Those fans betting NHL games know that Isbister is the biggest pickup for the Canucks. Hockey betting players know that he has great potential but has been horribly inconsistent.
Those fans betting NHL games know that the Canucks win with Luongo standing on his head and finding a goal here or there. Hockey betting players know that Markus Naslund is the key scorer to go along with the Sedins but none of them are superstar scorers. Hockey betting players know that Naslund is entering his 14th season. "I feel great," said Naslund. "I feel that I've got peace of mind for some reason. I feel excited about going into this year. I feel a lot better about coming in this year than I did last year. With all the personnel changes and the coaching changes, it was exciting in one way, but on the other hand it's nicer having the certainty of knowing the guys and knowing what we're supposed to do."
Hockey betting players know that the Canucks really rely upon Naslund too much to score goals, which is not always easy in head coach Alan Vigneault's system. "I don't set goals for myself, but I know that if I'm feeling good about my game the goals are going to come," said Naslund, "I know what I've done in the past when I was successful. I kind of got away from that, focusing on other parts of my game too much last year. I didn't shoot the puck. I've got to shoot the puck lots to be successful."
Hockey betting players know that Naslund thinks that the team has enough scoring if players like Brendan Morrison step up. "With all the money that was being spent we couldn't fit all those guys (free agents) into our payroll," he said. "It's up to us, guys like myself and Brendan, to have better offensive years than last year - and I think we will. And then, hopefully, with one more guy coming in, I think we'll have a good shot." It should be another interesting year for hockey betting players looking to bet Vancouver.
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