Crosby Optimistic for Penguins Opener Sportbetting

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sportbetting on the Pittsburgh Penguins is going to be popular this season as the Penguins look to defend their Stanley Cup.

Superstar Sidney Crosby is optimistic about playing in the team’s sports betting online opener at New York on Friday. The Penguins are definitely a popular team with hockey bettors, even more so when Crosby is in the lineup.

Sportbetting odds at the sports book are definitely impacted by the presence of Sidney Crosby. He is considered the top player in the league and the one that really moves the sports betting online odds at the online sportsbook. It looks like Crosby will make the sportbetting opener as he practiced Tuesday for the first time since leaving an exhibition game at Columbus last Thursday. Crosby is not 100% but still hopes to play on Friday when the team faces the Rangers in their sportbetting season opener. The Penguins are one of the sportbetting favorites at the online sportsbook this season to win the Stanley Cup.

In other hockey sportbetting news, former Toronto center Mats Sundin announced his retirement. Sundin played 13 hockey sportbetting seasons and impacted odds at the online sportsbook on a regular basis. He had more goals (420) and points (987) than any other player in Toronto history as sports betting online stats showed. “Toronto is and always will be my second home,” said Sundin. He was an eight-time NHL all-star as sportbetting stats indicate. He is the leading all-time Swedish scorer in NHL history with 564 goals, 785 assists and 1,349 points. “It was a tough decision,” Sundin said about his retirement. “It’s sad to tell you that my career as a pro hockey player is over.” Last sportbetting season Sundin played with Vancouver.

Also in sportbetting hockey news, Carolina signed goaltender Cam Ward to a six-year contract extension that will pay him a total of $37.8 million. "It comes at a good time," GM Jim Rutherford said. "We were hoping we could get Cam a long-term contract that would keep him with the team, and it’s great to get it done before the season begins." Carolina opens the sports betting online regular season on Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ward was third in the NHL in wins (39) and tied for sixth in shutouts (6) last sportbetting season. He is a goalie that impacts hockey betting results at the sports book.