2006 Hockey Betting Numbers:
Win/Loss Home Away ATS Over/Under
32-43-4-3 19-19-2-1 13-24-2-2 39-43 32-42-8
Hockey betting fans knew two things about the Edmonton Oilers last year. First, the Oilers were very likely to go under the total and second, the Oilers were likely to lose on the road. Hockey betting fans know that if Edmonton is to improve this season then their road record must get better.
Hockey betting fans know that Edmonton went 2-17-1 down the stretch after trading away forward Ryan Smyth. They were a pointspread loser for hockey betting fans but at least they were good to those betting NHL totals under last season.
Hockey betting fans know that General Manager Kevin Lowe sent captain Jason Smith and young forward Joffrey Lupul to the Flyers for 23-year-old defenseman Joni Pitkanen and veteran winger Geoff Sanderson in the off-season. It doesn’t look like a great deal at the moment but time will tell. Hockey betting fans know that Edmonton did pick up defenseman Dick Tarnstrom and goalie Mathieu Garon but neither is a high profile player. Those betting NHL games see that the Oilers did pick up defenseman Sheldon Souray but paid way too much to get him. Hockey betting fans know that Edmonton also overpaid to get forward Dustin Penner. Hockey betting fans know that he had 29 goals a year ago but that was with a lot more talent surrounding him in Anaheim.
Those fans betting NHL games know that quite a few players left Edmonton in the off-season including Petr Nedved, Petr Sykora, Toby Petersen, Jan Hejda, Brad Winchester and Jussi Markkanen. Hockey betting fans know that none of those players was that great anyway.
Hockey betting fans know that the good news for Edmonton is that goalie Dwayne Roloson is back. Those betting NHL games believe that the Oilers will need him to steal a lot of games this season if they are to threaten to make the playoffs. Hockey betting fans know that Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Jarrett Stoll and Raffi Torres are the remaining 30+ point players from last season. It does not look like it will be enough for Edmonton to make the playoffs in 2007.