Betting NHL Hockey - What Teams Will be Most Affected By Injuries?
by Doug Upstone Scores & Statson
Maybe because we live in a 24-hour all-access news cycle, the amount of injuries in all sports seems overwhelming. It was commonplace in the NFL, but now baseball, the NBA and even the NHL have so many players on their disabled list, it looks like a menu as Greek-style family restaurant.
This, of course, impacts how hockey bettors should view particular teams. Do the injury's impact the best players on the respective teams and if so, how long will they be out? Is it players on the third or fourth lines or the last pairing of defensemen and how does impact any clubs depth? Or if it's a goaltender, the regular starter or the backup, is the next netminder ready for duty?
These are all questions those betting the NHL have to think about. We will do our best to try and answer many of these questions about various teams.
Anaheim Ducks Are In Heap of Trouble
With seven key players out, including their top defenseman (Cam Fowler), one of the bright young players (Max Comtois) and Corey Perry from their top line before the season even started, Anaheim puts out a patchwork lineup most nights, Because the Pacific Division has been so bad outside of Calgary thus far, the Ducks are in the middle of the standings but their -15 goal differential tells of a story yet to come.
It happens every year, one or more teams suffer a vast amount of injuries at one position. Currently, that would the Bruins who have five defensemen on the DL. In a recent contest and win over Arizona, three blueliners took the ice for Boston with a combined 10 games of NHL experience. With center Patrice Bergeron out a month, the next 30 days figure to be quite challenging for Boston, unless the offense can carry the load.
There is Barely a D in Dallas
The Stars are not far behind Boston when it comes defensemen on the shelf with four. The biggest loss is John Klingberg, who was thought to be a contender for the Norris Trophy as the's best defenseman. With how tough the top of the of the Central Division looks, Dallas has to hope to hang on, get healthy and make a run later in the season.
Philadelphia Trying To Survive Between The Pipes
For hockey bettors unfamiliar with former Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Panthers (most notably) head coach Dave Wannstedt (now on FOX Sports), he was famous in those markets for describing injuries on his teams. The typical line would be, "He's got a knee, he's got an elbow, he's got an ankle", and you can figure out the rest from there. If Wannstedt was the coach of the Flyers and was talking about his two top goalies, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, it would be, "They got a groin." This was supposed to be the year Philadelphia made a move in the Metropolitan and instead are languishing in last place. Nothing will change much until one or both goalies return.
Vancouver was supposed to be among, if not the worst team in the Western Conference according to oddsmakers. After an out of nowhere 9-6 SU start, the injury bug bit the Canucks hard and their already limited roster was further depleted and they have lost eight in a row. Some days it doesn't matter what you, something will go wrong. That's what happened to Vancouver.