Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks Featured for NHL Hockey Wagers

The San Jose Sharks (6-4-0) return home after a successful road trip only to be greeted by one of the hottest teams in NHL Hockey right now, the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-2), who will look to shake off a rocky history in San Jose tonight in a great NHL Hockey match-up for online sportsbook betting.

Though both teams have lost their most recent outings, the Sharks and the Penguins have each won 5 of their last 6 games, including a pair of 5-game winning streaks. San Jose shook off a season-opening 3-game losing streak by hitting the road hard beginning October 21st, and after almost completing a perfect journey away from HP Pavillion, the Sharks look to regain form and improve their stature on home ice. After a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday, the Sharks will look to take advantage of a Pittsburgh team that they’ve had pretty much their way with in order rebound back into the win column, and could be in for a good chance at doing so considering the Sharks have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between these two teams, including going 8-0-0 with 1 tie at home since 1997.

Pittsburgh could face a daunting task tonight at San Jose if they aren’t able to get star defenseman Kris Letang and center Jordan Staal into the line-up, two players that as of this post are still not confirmed starts. Letang has been especially important for the Penguins of late, providing a team-leading 10 assists, and without him on the ice in this road match-up, the odds for the Sharks to win seemingly would be considerably better as Letang’s presence on both offense and defense is equally important. However, Pittsburgh has been noted for being one of the best teams at overcoming player injuries, relying on an outstanding defensive unit to shutdown opposing scorers, and that figures to be one of the keys for the Penguins in tonight’s game against a Sharks team that ranks 9th in the league in scoring (2.9 goals/game) and 7th in the league on the power play (22.1 percent). With Pittsburgh ranking 3rd in the league in goals against (2.1) and having the second best penalty kill (92.1 pct.), there is little doubt they’ll be focused on shutting down the likes of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau to keep the Sharks big scorers in check, and with Marc-Andre Fleury in goal after taking the last game off on Saturday, expect all the Penguins to be contributing to shutting down the Sharks on their home ice. However, in order to win this tough road match-up, Pittsburgh is also going to have to do a lot better at getting key guys going, and fixing the awful 1-for-23 power play against the Sharks while losing 6 of the last 7 games against them.

San Jose will likely lean on goalie Antti Niemi in tonight’s contest, who has been very solid against the Penguins sporting a 2-0-1 record with a 1.61 goals allowed average. Despite giving up a very high 3.56 GAA over the road trip and surrendering a season-high 5 goals at New York in the Sharks most recent loss, Niemi has been historically good at settling down in big games at home, and seeks his first victory there this year in tonight’s game. One big thing that would help Niemi out tonight is if the Sharks can contain their slumping penalty kill, which has been exploited 10 times already this season, allowing almost one goal per game. With the Penguins power play  ranked 8th in the league at 21.8 percent, that could be  major factor in this match-up, especially if San Jose pushes a more physical game and stays near their average of almost 12 penalty minutes given up per outing. However, if San Jose can keep the physical play clean and the talented corps of defensemen including Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Douglas Murray and Marc-Edouard Vlasic eliminating pressure in the San Jose zone, the Sharks could tip the balance of power in their favor for tonight’s game.

Betting Lines for Pittsburgh vs. San Jose

With the Sharks at home and considering their previous and most recent history against the Penguins, San Jose gets the favorite nod at -139 odds on the money line at Betonline.com today. Pittsburgh gets +127 odds on the money line as underdog, and will take +1.5 goals at -240 odds on the spread, indicative of a high likelihood this game will be a close affair. San Jose gets +200 odds to cover 1.5 goals, and with an over/under at 5.5 goals (-130 under, +120 over) this match-ups looks to be well-fought and possibly on the higher scoring side with two talented scoring teams in play.

Our Pick to Win:

Considering how well the Pittsburgh Penguins have played over the past few years, its slightly astonishing how much the San Jose Sharks have owned them over time. As both teams come into this match-up playing well generally but suffering a recent loss, we can expect a hard-fought game with both teams pushing to get the scoring going early to set a tone. I’d keep close tabs on this game to see what the status of Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Jordan Staal will be, as without those two key components, San Jose has a much easier time at getting shots on goal, and keeping the puck from moving around while its in their own zone. Either way, I have to hedge a bet on San Jose. While they haven’t played that well at home, their form is improving, Antti Niemi has been very good against the Pittsburgh offense, and home ice advantage always pays off at the rockin’ HP Pavillion. San Jose wins this featured Thursday night game, 4-2.

Betonline.com Features Top Sportsbook Picks for Thursday

Heading towards another great weekend of sports and online sportsbook betting, Thursday is more of a relaxed day in the world of betting on sports, with the focus hedging on the 10 games dotting the NHL Hockey calendar tonight, as well as a trifecta of options for NCAA Football to give football fans a little teaser heading into another exciting Saturday of College action. Jumping quickly over to one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at Betonline.com, it’s time to break through some of the better options in sportsbook betting today, especially with a full crop of NHL Hockey on the docket, and plenty of good-looking teams to back for Thursday night’s games. Beginning back east today, the New York Rangers have home ice against the stagnant Anaheim Ducks, who haven’t been able to break out of a recent road trip funk. Coming off a sluggish start, New York looks to be a great team to take advantage of at home against a road-weary Ducks squad, and could work well for a first sportsbook wager at Betonline.com. Next up, find the Philadelphia Flyers playing in back-to-back nights at home against the New Jersey Devils, in a game that favors the Flyers as the Devils break back in veteran goalie Martin Brodeur, and might not be as well prepared facing the quick-starting Flyers at home tonight. Check out other key NHL Hockey bets as well including the San Jose Sharks hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, and the Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings for some of the best hockey action available for watching and wagering on this Thursday.

Checking out a little competition in NCAA Football tonight, 3 games get underway for decent options on College Football betting, so make sure to take a look over the Florida State vs. Boston College lines, as well as the Conference USA match-up between Tulsa and UCF. While mid-week NCAA Football doesn’t necessarily bring the biggest and best teams together, you can always find worthwhile wagering options on these games, as typically not as much stake is placed on them by the bookmakers with few people placing bets. The match-up I like most here for betting on football is the Tulsa vs. UCF game, in which Tulsa is a slight underdog on the road at +100 odds, with +1.5 points to cover on the spread. Make note that Tulsa is 4-0 in conference, and their only losses have been at  #1 (at the time) Oklahoma, at #4 Boise State and against #8 Oklahoma State, and this could be a great game to take Tulsa to beat out UCF as they look to be a much more competitive and experienced team in this match-up. And if you would like to take another reasonably safe bet, go after Florida State to cover the 14 1/2 point spread against Boston College, as the FSU defense (12th in points allowed) is going to hamstring the Golden Eagles’ offense (107th in scoring offense), and run away with this game on the road.

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t wait for this weekend to come, as more and more options for betting on sports make way at the top online sports betting sites reviewed right here. No doubt we’ll be trying to cram as much betting on sports as possible at our featured online sports betting websites, as Week 9 of the NFL comes around, and College Football brings more great Top 25 match-ups and all the exciting upsets that come around every week. Whether it is from the NHL, NCAA, European or NFL Football, Horse or Car racing, or MMA fighting/boxing, sports fans can always find the action they are looking for at the best sportsbooks reviewed here. Check out all the great wagering possibilities today at the Betonline.com Sportsbook, and hopefully your remaining hours at work for the week pass by with thoughts of sports betting and making money online! Until then, thanks as always for stopping by and getting in to all the great sportsbooks and casinos on our site.

Saturday’s 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic Hosts Record Numbers for Shot at $5 Million

Called the Super Bowl or the World Series of Horse Racing, the Breeders’ Cup Classic gets ready for action this Saturday, November 5th at Churchill Downs, with a record 193 horses pre-entered for the 27th running of the race to crown the year-end champion. With a flood of quality entries in the field this year, it’s just about anyone’s race to win this coveted showdown, however plenty of stand-out horses dot the landscape of this race, making for exciting options for betting on horse racing at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here. As has become almost tradition for wagering on horse racing, the first-in-line sportsbook at Bodog.eu holds our bets for the biggest races of year, and looking to stick with what has worked well, I’ll return to the Bodog Sportsbook to place my wagers on the top picks ahead of Saturday’s race day action. Make sure to check out not only the betting lines for the headline race on Saturday, but also for the 14 races scheduled to precede it, all-in-all with $26 million on the line in one of the biggest weekends on the horse racing calendar.

No doubt attention has been focused on just a couple of favored horses in the grand finale of the Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Saturday evening, but with two days of racing ahead, there’s plenty of opportunities to wager not only on the most popular and those horses most expected to win the big race on Saturday, but also great chances to cash in on any number of races taking place ahead of Saturday night. Bodog Sportsbook makes it especially easy to take a look at each and every race available, with all the odds posted for every qualifying horse available today and through the rest of the week. Simply click into the Futures option under featured races and behold everything from Juvenile Sprints to the Ladies’ Classic, to the Cup Classic on Saturday with all odds neatly laid out before you.

Breaking in to details on some of the favored horses set to race this weekend, we’ll take a look at the horses with the top odds for race day, and try to spot some good picks for winners on Saturday.

Uncle Mo – 7/2 favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Bodog Sportsbook. Last year’s champion at Churchill Downs in the Juvenile Cup, Uncle Mo has come under some scrutiny after not coming to the track for Tuesday’s normal work-out session, however trainer Todd Fletcher has stated openly that the 3-year old favorite is good-to-go for race day despite continued concerns over the animal’s health (liver problems kept him out of the Kentucky Derby), and likes the No. 12 starting position that allows the horse to get out of the gates and stay outside the pack early. Despite the heavy favorite and being arguably the most talented horse in the field, many question whether the mile and 2 furlongs race may be too long for Uncle mo, but we’re expecting a top-3 finish at the least from the horse that owner Mike Repole says has ‘never looked better, never trained better’.

Havre de Grace – 9/2 odds to win at Bodog Sportsbook. Also racing outside at the No. 10 post, Havre de Grace is the filly with the highest odds in the Cup Classic, and seeks to become just the second filly to win this race, and also the third straight to be named Horse of the Year. Finishing 3rd in the Ladies’ Cup last season, Havre De Grace looks to be a good bet in this race based on her ability to set the cruise control over a longer distance (check for videos of her 2011 win at the Woodward Stakes for a glimpse at what great pace looks like). If Havre de Grace can get out of the gates cleanly a sit at pace behind the horses getting out of the gates quickly (and if she can last the mile and a quarter distance), this talented girl could become the horse of the year by weekend’s end with a win.

So You Think – At 5/1 odds, this horse out of Aiden O’Brien’s stable is the most feared by Todd Pletcher, Uncle Mo’s trainer. With the middle of the pack stall five entry, the Australian is a good horse to take a closer look at, winning 8 of 11 career races at a distance of a mile and a quarter. Among the horses with under 10/1 odds, this could be the right one to pick on race day.

Stay Thirsty – Sharing the stable with Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty is also under Todd Pletcher, and could also be a factor on Saturday but with much better odds at 14/1. Winning at the equally-long Travers Stakes in Saratoga this year, Stay Thirsty will sit at the No. 9 stall near the outside with Uncle Mo, and personally I think he’ll have a better chance at maintaining pace over the longer distance than his stablemate will. A relative outside shot on the betting lines, with 14/1 odds, this could end up being a great payday for anyone putting him to place or better.

Ruler on Ice – With 20/1 odds, many are calling ROI the best underdog shot of the Cup Classic this year. Again, this horse has excelled at longer distances, and coming off 8 straight races of placing in the top-3, expect him to post a good performance in this race. It’s definitely a gamble to expect this horse to breakout at Churchill and nab a win on the mile and a quarter track (he did however sneak away with a win at the Belmont Stakes, a mile and a half track), but with such favorable odds, this underdog is as good a shot as you’re going to get.

With so much talent in the field for the 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, make sure to research all the available information about the horses entered for this exciting race, but also make sure to delve a little deeper into the other 14 races scheduled at Churchill Downs, in what will no doubt cap off another great year of horse racing and wagering. Count on the best online sportsbook at Bodog.eu to provide all the betting lines and all the up-to-date odds right at your fingertips, and have fun wagering on one of the oldest sports in the world!

Midweek Sports Betting at TopBet.com Favors NHL, NCAA Football Games

With the closure of the Major League Baseball season, and the NBA season remaining on lockout for the foreseeable future,  we sports fans must dig a little harder during the week to find solid action for online sports betting, but with a quick trip to one of the top sportsbooks reviewed here, there’s always something going on whether familiar or new, in which to wager on for any given day. At the midpoint in this first week of November, sports fans can look to a small flock of NHL Hockey games in store for Wednesday, with three solid contests taking place on ice tonight, and the always exciting First Phase of action in the UEFA Champions League with 8 matches scheduled in the day. Getting underway with the first round of picks on today’s betting choices, the TopBet.com Sportsbook gets the top picks in soccer action this afternoon, with a number of quality match-ups and some of Europe’s elite in competition. Check out great contests including Real Madrid against Lyon, Manchester City and Villareal clashing, and Inter Milan vs. Lille as the hottest team in the English Premier League sets out to qualify for the next round in their first UEFA Champions League season. The action across Europe is always exciting, and in full swing with plenty of sportsbook bets available throughout the week, and for a day with little else on the sports betting horizon, it’s a fine time to make a play on the top teams fighting it out for the highest footbal honor on the European continent.

Next up for sports fans looking for action in the top online sportsbooks, NHL Hockey looks good as one of the top sportsbook betting options for today, with a handful of choice contests to look out for when wagering on the games. First up, check out a great East Coast match-up between the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers, as these two teams may potentially meet up in the post season this year. Buffalo tries to get back on a winning track after dropping 3 of 4 games, but with the talent pool deep for the Lindy Ruff-led Sabres, they could have a bounce back game at home tonight against Philly. However, with the Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov settling in for a showdown against the elite Ryan Miller in the Buffalo net, expect a low-scoring game that might be a very good bet for taking the under total goals wager at TopBet.com sportsbook. Find an additional match-up back East with the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road against the New Jersey Devils, who could get future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur back in net tonight, giving the Devils a big boost of confidence after a tough road trip. Lastly on the Hockey scene, check out the Colorado Avalanche trying to keep their solid 2011-12 start going at home, as they bring in the Phoenix Coyotes, who will likely be competing once again for a playoff spot in the wild and talent-packed Pacific Division. If you haven’t taken a shot at hockey wagers in the past, today’s a great day to spend time researching a few match-ups, take a closer look at goalie comparisons (perhaps the most important factor in NHL wagering), and find out why the NHL is so exciting for online sports betting!

One last wager of the day has to go down on NCAA football, after a clutch betting win yesterday on the wild MAC conference showdown between Northern Illinois and Toledo, which ended with 123 points being scored, and so much offensive fireworks one couldn’t look away for fear of missing a touchdown. The good times continue in the MAC today as Temple (5-3) takes on Ohio (5-3), though we can likely expect a complete reverse in scoring with Temple 2nd in the nation allowing just 10 points a game. Nonetheless, whenever there’s NCAA College Football on tap, there’s a worthwhile wager to pick out for betting on sports!With plenty of options worth checking out at the top sportsbook at TopBet.com on any given day, pay a visit to this top-rated sportsbook today, one of the newest additions to the best sportsbooks online that we hold in the highest regards. As always good luck on the sports betting picks today and catch you again tomorrow for more top sportsbook betting and news.

 

NHL Hockey Tuesday: Anaheim Ducks at Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals (7-2-0) will seek to regain positive momentum at home against the visiting Anaheim Ducks (5-5-1) on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center, and will look to take advantage of a low-scoring Ducks offense that comes into this match-up averaging almost two-goals less per game than the stand-out offensive attack of the Caps. While the Capitals have slowed down after their torrid pace to start the season winning 7 straight games, Washington struggled a bit during a 2-game road trip out West, falling in a close 2-1 game at Edmonton before getting beat 7-4 against Vancouver on Saturday. A rebound in tonight’s game would come at an opportune time against a struggling Anaheim squad, who after starting 4-1 on the year have dropped 5 of their last 6 contests while generating just 11 goals of offense. Looking to avoid a 3rd consecutive defeat, and the first at home on the season, the Washington Capitals will be the team to beat on Tuesday night, in our featured NHL Hockey Match-up on Tuesday.

Taking a look at the Anaheim Ducks, who move into their 4th game of a tough 7-game road stretch, the lack of scoring and an unproductive power play have been instrumental in preventing the Ducks from returning to their starting form this season. Despite winning 3-2 at Minnesota on October 27th behind 2 power play goals, the Ducks have lost two-straight games while scoring just 1 goal in those appearances, and come into tonight’s match-up off a humiliating 3-1 loss to Columbus who had previously one just once this season. Generating just 20 shots on goal in the loss, Anaheim has simply got to get back to pressing offense on opposing goaltenders, as they’ve got a fleet of capable scorers from Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry to Teemu Selanne to Ryan Getzlaf, all who were essential to the Ducks making the postseason last year. Averaging just 1.91 goals per game this season, the key to a Ducks victory in tonight’s match-up lies with their ability to set up scoring chances, get shots on Washington goalie Tomas Voukun, and limit the chances of the high-powered Capitals offense on the power play against Jonas Hiller.

If Washington continues to exploit the power play like they have already this year (3rd in the league at 25.7 percent), Anaheim and goalie Jonas Hiller could be in for a long night at the Verizon Center. Ranking 1st in goals per game, the Caps offense headlined by Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are certainly deserving of a preseason favorite to make the Stanley Cup, and when given the opportunity against short-handed defenses, make quick work of opposing goalies, especially at home. The one area of concern in this match-up could be the penalty kill for Washington, which ranks 23rd in the league at 77.1 percent, and will be an area that Anaheim will look to exploit, especially with more focus being placed on their lagging 21st-ranked power play. The Ducks certainly were able to get that going in their last match-up against Washington this past February scoring 6 times, however behind Alexander Semin’s hat trick the Caps still managed a road win 7-6, showing that the Ducks’ focus against Washington can’t simply lie with more offensive production. Taking a look down the Anaheim Ducks defensive lineup and seeing negative +/- figures for Cam Fowler, Francois Beauchemin and Lubomir Visnovsky (all leaders in time on ice), paints a glaring picture of an underperforming back line that simply has to step up in tonight’s game, especially if the Anaheim offense is unable to show up.

Betting Lines for Washington vs. Anaheim at Intertops.eu Sportsbook

Although coming into this match-up on a 2-game slide, the Washington Capitals are the sure favorite to win this match-up tonight, getting -175 odds to win at home. Anaheim enters as a +155 underdog coming off 2 straight road losses as well and against the spread the Ducks get 1.5 goals at -190 odds. The Caps give up 1.5 goals at +165 odds tonight, and with the offensive production differences evident in this match-up, if you’re taking the Capitals to win, a look for them to cover the points spread might not be a bad wager to follow at Intertops.eu today either. Lastly for online sports betting options on this contest, the over/under on goals sits at 5.5 (+100 over, -120 under) in a nod that the anemic Ducks offense will likely keep scoring low despite what Washington does.

Our Pick to Win:

Two slumping teams generally can be tough to gauge in a match-up against one another, but with fundamental offensive issues currently plaguing the Ducks during the start of the season, it’s Washington as the team to beat in this match-up tonight. After scoring 4 goals at Vancouver over the weekend in a loss, and continuing scoring almost 4 goals a game through the first 9 contests, expect the Caps to come out in force and attack Anaheim’s defense from all sides, and put plenty of pressure on Ducks’ goalie Jonas Hiller early. Tomas Voukun looks to be in great position to keep goals to a minimum tonight in a rebound game for him (replaced in the 7-4 loss to Vancouver), and based on his outstanding early season form a return to the win column seems evident. With the Ducks continuing their offensive struggles and having potential to be exposed on the power play, Washington nabs this match-up 4-1 at home tonight.

NHL Hockey Drives Sportsbook Betting at Intertops.eu

It’s a quiet day on the sports front in the U.S., as the Monday Night Football game last night between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers closed out another great week of NFL play, but for Tuesday we’ll look to a couple key wagers to chase after with a few NHL Hockey games on tap, some action on the pitches across Europe as the UEFA Champions League continues onward, and even look to an upcoming mid-week game or two for online sports betting on NCAA Football. Taking a look across today’s betting lines at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at Intertops.eu, start out with a glimpse of the action in the fastest game played right now, as 5 games get set for tonight in NHL Hockey, including key match-ups across the league as teams begin hitting stride approaching 10 games into the new season. With an exciting West Coast match-up pitting the Vancouver Canucks against the Calgary Flames tonight, as well as the Washington Capitals hosting the Anaheim Ducks and the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (3-7-0) trying to find their groove this year still in a game at home against the surging Ottawa Senators, now is a great time for checking out betting lines on these games, getting a little research done on the match-ups, and finding out why NHL Hockey can be so much fun to wager on especially when there’s little else available on the daily betting lines.

Though not typically our area of focus for online sports betting, with a light schedule today moving betting action towards Europe and the UEFA Champions League, we’ll take a look over some of the top options for betting on soccer, with a key match-up on Tuesday finding Arsenal vs. Marseille in a showdown of two elite European clubs. With the match taking place at Emirates Stadium in London, and Arsenal fresh off a confidence-boosting road win over Chelsea over the weekend, the Gunners will set their sights on securing qualification from Champions League Group F play with a win over Marseille combined with a Borussia Dortmund win against Olympiakos today as well. Arsenal has reasonable -143 odds to win at home, but with the way both teams have been playing of late, building confidence after slow starts, we could see a bust of the over/under total goals set at 2.5, with -105 odds for the over wager starting to look good especially with Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie starting to hit stride. If you’re new to soccer (football) wagering at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed here, check out games like this one on the big European stage to bring you up to speed with the most popular game in the world.

Lastly for Tuesday, with just one NCAA Football game on the schedule we’ll have to grab a piece of the action in the MAC conference, as Toledo and Northern Illinois clash tonight on ESPN 2 at 7:00 PM ET. With Northern Illinois coming in with a 3-game win streak and Toledo riding a 4-game surge, despite these two teams playing in a weaker conference this game could make for an exciting dose of NCAA Football on an off-day for sports in general. Make sure to get down to one of the best online sportsbooks found here for any and all wagering action on the games set for Tuesday, and find comfort in wagering at Intertops.eu, the longest-standing online sports betting website in the business.