NHL betting fans all likely agree that the Detroit Red Wings are the class of this Conference - and the NHL as a whole - and many NHL betting analysts view the squad as likely repeat champions. Nevertheless, NHL betting fans should not consider the West a foregone conclusion, as Detroit will have to overcome serious contenders such as the Stars and Wild.
Online NHL betting on the Red Wings is popular every year because the team is so consistently good. Last season the squad won 54 of its NHL betting matchups and then cruised to a Stanley Cup victory.
In the offseason the team actually improved by acquiring highly-coveted free agent Marian Hossa. Even without this addition the NHL betting futures would have listed the Red Wings as a clear favorite for the 2009 Stanley Cup, but the arrival of Hossa leaves some NHL betting analysts simply wondering how the Red Wings won’t win the Stanley Cup. The team is highly skilled and disciplined with absolutely no weak areas. NHL betting veterans will argue that nothing is certain in the NHL, so it may be too early to assume online NHL betting fans will eventually see the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that the Red Wings are the team to beat in the NHL this year.
One problem the Red Wings will face this NHL betting season is that the Western Conference is extremely deep and any number of teams could compete in the conference finals. One of these squads, the Dallas Stars, reached the conference finals last year and has extremely high hopes for the 2008-09 NHL betting season. The Stars’ offense is quite capable and players like Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, and Mike Modano are skilled at creating opportunities and scoring goals. However, NHL betting fans should not overlook the team’s defense, which is a very formidable unit despite not always receiving its fair due.
The Minnesota Wild are a similarly gritty team who performed well in the previous NHL betting regular season but then shocked the online NHL betting community by losing in the first round of the playoffs. After that disappointment the Wild have acquired several new promising players in the offseason, such as Andrew Brunette, Owen Nolan, and Marek Zidlicky. If this team can avoid injuries then it may finally enjoy some postseason success in 2009 and could even be featured in the online NHL betting odds for the Stanley Cup Finals.
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