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NHL Betting – Avs Positioned for More

10 October 2010 171 Comments

Hockey sport betting oddsmakers were rather surprised with the resilient Avalanche last year as they stunned the experts and got to playoffs in Sports Gambling.


Exceptional Comeback - Colorado was arriving off their worst year in team history since relocating to the Denver area from Quebec City in 1995.  The Colorado Avalanche jumped from 32 victories in 2008-09 to 43 wins a year ago as first year coach Joe Sacco did a exceptional job in meshing the vibrant young talent put together by general manager Greg Sherman and team president Pierre Lacroix.  Colorado opened as a +4000 pick at the online sportsbook to win the Stanley Cup this season, which demonstrates that the wagering public is buying into what they saw a year ago.


Loss of Value? - The main point of NHL hockey wagering concern about Colorado heading into the 2010-11 season is that they will no longer be an unanticipated team that catches opponents and sports books off guard.  With rising expectations comes the possible loss of board value and handicappers will need to carefully evaluate if they’re gaining a fair price on the Avs this year.  Sacco vows to take nothing for granted and he’ll work to sustain the focus of his young team. 


Loaded with Young Talent Set - Matt Duchene had 48 points in the last 60 matches of the year a year ago for Colorado as he came right from the junior ranks to be a Rookie of the Year finalist for the Calder Trophy.  Paul Stastny is a 24 year old center that topped Colorado with 79 points last year.  Goalie Craig Anderson appeared as a hard working superstar that the squad may rely on to keep them out of trouble.  Anderson showed to be a crucial hockey wagering asset with a 2.63 goals vs average and 38 wins.  The goalie set the tone for Colorado with a stellar start as the Avs bolted out of the gate and established themselves as an instant playoff contender.  By the time sports books and opponents took them seriously it was too late to catch them.


Sophomore Jinx? - Sacco faces the challenge of not allowing last year go to the heads of his young squad.  The room for error in NHL hockey gambling is razor thin and the merest let up in work and focus may put Colorado back into being an afterthought with gamblers and fans.



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