Vokoun, Hossa, Getzlaf Named NHL’s Three Stars

by Best Betting on October 18, 2010

Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers

The NHL announced its first batch of stars of the week on Monday, and Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun has taken the top spot. Through three games, two of them wins, Vokoun has stopped 89 of 91 shots, good enough for two shut outs and a save percentage of .978.

On the year the Panthers are just 2-2, but will look to continue to ride their hot goaltender and improve upon their Bodog Sportsbook 100/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup.

The week's second star was awarded to Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa who scored four goals and added a pair of assists as his Chicago Blackhawks finished 3-1-0 on the week.

After winning the 2010 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks have 15/2 odds of repeating as champions. Can Hossa continue to relieve some of the offensive load from Patrick Kane an Jonathan Toews? Another Blackhawk, Patrick Sharp, has also managed to help the cause, scoring five goals overall.

Coming in as the third star of the week was Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf led all scorers with eight points on the week, two of them goals, while the Ducks managed to go 2-1-1.

It wasn't long ago when the Ducks were Stanley Cup champions, but this season they'll have their work cut out for them. With 35/1 odds of hoisting the Cup, the team will have to simply worry about making the playoffs first. After that, anything can happen.

Can the three stars keep it up for the remainder of the season? Bet on NHL hockey with Bodog.com.

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Sabres Forward Patrick Kaleta Fined For Attempted Head Butt

by Best Betting on October 18, 2010

Buffalo Sabres

The NHL has decided to fine Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for his failed head butt attempt on Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. The incident occurred Wednesday night in Buffalo as the Sabres fell 1-0 in overtime.

Through the first six games of the 2010-11 campaign, the Buffalo Sabres have struggled, going just 1-4-1 with their lone victory coming against the Ottawa Senators in their season opener.

The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, have experienced similar struggles. Losing all games but their match up with Buffalo, en route to a 1-4-1 record of their own.

The head butt in question came late in the first period in front of the New Jersey bench. A minor penalty for roughing was assessed and no suspension issued.

Though both clubs have failed to meet expectations so far, they are still predicted to fare quite well at the end of the season. A spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture is well within grasp. The Bodog Sportsbook gives the Sabres 30/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup, and the Devils odds of 18/1.

Will the clubs manage to shake their early season jitters and get back to where they should be? The Sabres have an excuse, as they attempt to adjust without forward Jason Pominville. The Devils, do not, especially after all of the trouble they went through in order to sign Ilya Kovalchuk.

The NHL season is in full swing, and even though the standings might look like a snapshot into an alternate universe, hockey betting is at its finest.

Skeptical of the undefeated records that the Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs currently boast? Think the Sabres and Devils will bounce back sooner than later? Bet now with Bodog.com.

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MLB Betting: Can Yankees Solve Cliff Lee in Game 3 of ALCS?

by Best Betting on October 18, 2010

You hate to call anything a sure thing in sports, but it certainly seems like a near certainty that Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee will shut down the Yankees’ lineup in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night and that Texas could take command of this series.

Tonight game is almost a must-win for the Yanks because if they don’t win this one they probably will have to face Lee again in the series – unless of course Texas finishes it off early. Lee has just been ridiculously good in his postseason career. He won two starts in the 2009 World Series against the Yankees. And then he won two starts in this year’s Division Series against Tampa Bay, including the Game 5 clincher. For his seven postseason starts, Lee is 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA. Texas is a -114 favorite on Bodog’s MLB odds – when’s the last time the Yanks were dogs at home in a playoff game?

Frankly, Texas should be up 2-0 instead of this being 1-1. The Rangers have dominated the Yankees in 17 of the 18 innings so far. Without the eighth inning of Game 1, the Yankees have been outscored 12-3. They have been out-hit (.302 to .197). Yanks stars Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are a combined 2-for-18 in the first two games — A-Rod had both hits.

New York starts one of the best playoff pitchers ever in Andy Pettitte. The lefty is the all-time leader in postseason victories with 19. He was 4-0 in the 2009 postseason as part of a three-man rotation, winning one game in each of the first two postseason rounds and then winning two starts in the World Series. The 38-year-old is 5-0 with a 2.88 ERA in his last nine postseason starts.

In the 19 previous AL Championship Series that were tied at 1-1, the Game 3 winner won the series 14 times. And, this should be, OK, a classic October pitching matchup.

Bet on the ALCS at Bodog

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Ryan Howard and the Phillies Take Game 2

by Best Betting Sports News on October 17, 2010

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies

Thanks to a brilliant game from starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, the Philadelphia Phillies have knotted the National League Championship Series at one game apiece. With Oswalt on the mound the Phils managed to defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 in Philadelphia.

Oswalt, who came over to the club in a midseason deal with the Houston Astros, threw eight innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. His nine strikeouts helped prevent the Giants from building any significant momentum. He also managed to chip on the offensive side of things as well, going 1-3 with a run.

With the series knotted at one, the two clubs will move to San Francisco, where the Giants will hope to get a few more big games from Cody Ross, after hitting two bombs in a Game 1 win, he posted the lone Giants run in Game 2 – another home run.

Leading the way offensively for Philadelphia was veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins, whose four RBIs powered the offense that gave Oswalt his win.

According to the Bodog Sportsbook, the Phillies have 19/10 odds of winning the World Series. If they can continue to get quality production from their pitching staff, there is no reason they won’t be making their third consecutive appearance in the World Series. In 2008 the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.

For individual game odds and the most up-to-date World Series futures, be sure to check out Bodog.com. With both the NLCS and ALCS tied 1-1, we have some exciting baseball left in front of us.

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Fulham Fan is the Luckiest Man Alive Right Now

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

It really doesn’t suck to be Matt Ahrens right now. Why? OK, yes, his Fulham English Premier League team did lose 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but he got a pretty good consolation prize: He got to hang with 37 Bodog Girls before and during the game there and won a trip for two to Las Vegas with all accommodations and spending money thrown in.

Here’s what happened: For the past few weeks, the Bodog Girls were entering soccer fans to win tickets to that Fulham-Spurs’ game. Long story short, there were 37 lucky winners who got to meet in a Fulham bar – Perseverance Bar just off the Putney Bridge — before the match with 37 Bodog Girls. All 37 winners got go on the pitch at halftime with his own Bodog Girl, where one winner was randomly chosen in  a human roulette wheel. That was Matt.

Ahrens, 28, and originally from Essex, was understandably happy, even doing a sprint down the pitch.

“The smile hasn’t dropped from my face and I don’t think it will do for a couple of days at least,” he said. “After I’d gone off on my run, my mates wondered why I hadn’t tried re-enacting a Klinsmann dive!”

So who is going with him to Vegas?

“I’m here with one of my mates so I think he’s going to be leaning heavily on my shoulder,” Matt said.

You know, assuming he doesn’t ask the Bodog Girl.

So do you really need any other reason to join Bodog?

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MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010
It wasn't the pitching dual everyone was anticipating, but San Francisco Giants fans left Game 1 happy with a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies get another tough pitching matchup with Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez was dominant against the Atlanta Braves in the last round, tossing seven innings, giving up one run in a 3-2 win over the Braves.
The question is will the Giants' bats come alive? They did Saturday against arguably the best pitcher in the majors, Roy Halladay. Cody Ross hit two home runs, while Juan Uribe and Pat Burrell chipped in an RBI each.
Tonight the Giants bats will be dealing with Roy Oswalt. His regular season ERA was solid, but the right-handed pitcher gave up 3 runs — two of them home runs — against the Cincinnati Reds in the last round of the playoffs.
Hit the field in your own way. Be a player and bet on Giants/Phillies in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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NHL Scoring Leaders Not Who You Would Think

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

Sidney Crosby

With just over one week of real NHL action underway, it's far too early to tell who will maintain their early pace and who will not, some components of the young season seem unlikely to keep up while others seem downright absurd. But that's not to say it can't be fun to take a look at how we got to where are at this early point in the season.

Four players sit tied atop the league leader board in goals scored, and they're not who you think. If you would have guessed Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, or Dany Heatley, you would have been wrong. Clarke MacArthur, on the other hand, and you would have won big.

After scoring just 16 goals through 81 games with the Sabres and Thrashers, MacArthur has erupted for five goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs' first four games. The surprising production has helped lead the Leafs to their first 4-0 start in the last 17 years.

The list also includes a pair of Chicago forwards. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, you ask? Meh, close on the second one. Both Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have managed to tally five times so far, Hossa in six games, Sharp in just five.

The last of the four players that make the cut on the list is Buffalo Sabres' center Derek Roy. Roy, through six games, is making an early case for a career year. If he can keep up the pace on which he has started, his 2007-08 tally of 32 goals and 49 assists could be within reach.

As the 2010-11 season continues to develop and change, we'll be more likely to see the usual culprits back at the top of the pack (Ovechkin has four goals, by the way), but that's not to say that what MacArthur, Hossa, Sharp and Roy have done isn't impressive.

For player props, NHL futures and individual game odds, be sure to check out the Bodog Sportsbook, maybe you can cash in on these unexpectedly fast starts out of the blocks.

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John Tavares Returns With Goal

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

John Tavares

Don't look now, but the New York Islanders are sitting atop the Atlantic Division standings with six points in five games, tied with the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Penguins. With John Tavares now back in the line up for New York, you could argue that their prospects will only look brighter.

The Bodog Sportsbook doesn't necessarily seem to think so, giving the Islanders 100/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup next June. But that's not to say that the club can't rally for a playoff spot.

Though they might not keep the Penguins, Devils and Flyers in the rear view mirror all season long, the continued development of Tavares will pace a young club fresh off a victory over the Colorado Avalanche. What will really help them in a potential playoff stretch is that if the Isles haven't been able to win an game outright, they scrap for the overtime point.

Just five games into the season, they have done so twice.

The club will continue to hold its own until it welcomes back the health of veterans Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit. If they can pick up where they left off last season and Tavares continues to show that his early season concussion was but a blip on the radar (he scored a goal in his return), things could be looking up for the struggling franchise.

Think the Bodog Sportsbook is a little harsh in their expectations? Daring enough to put money on an Islanders Cup run? I wouldn't, but that's not to say they can't be good bets in individual game play.

For individual game odds, NHL futures for all teams and enough player props to tide you over on quiet days like today, check out Bodog.com.

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NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

This game is all about the departure of Randy Moss. The Patriots win and all is well in New England. They lose and people will question whether the decision to let Moss leave was a smart one; for the short term and long term.

With the Pats at home NFL odds have listed the Patriots as -3 favorites in the game, but it’s the Baltimore Ravens that have been the favorite thus far in the AFC. With a league that has been filled with parity through five weeks, the Ravens seems to have separated themselves from the pack and look like contenders.

Despite missing superstar safety Ed Reed, Brady needs to brace himself for another tough day on offense. Ray Lewis is still dominating in the Balitmore defense and the Ravens have helped push the Total Under in 11 of the last 15 games against the AFC.

A Ravens upset will rest on the shoulders of Joe Flacco however. The third year pro has been mediocre, throwing five touchdowns but also five picks.

Be a player and pick winners in the Bodog Sportsbook!

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NFL Betting Preview: New York Jets at Denver Broncos

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

The New York Jets are riding high after winning three in a row behind their dominant defense and surprising offense.

Oddsmakers have confidence in them too. Despite being at Denver they've opened the Jets as -3.5 favorites in the Bodog Sportsbook.

After a rough start to his second season Mark Sanchez has been flawless in his last three. He's had eight touchdowns no interceptions and has been picking apart defenses.

The heralded Jets D will be have a tough afternoon with Kyle Orton. Orton, once considered a backup QB at best, has burnt defenses for over 1700 yards already on the season. And though Darrelle Revis has been listed as active he is nursing a hamstring injury. The Jets can be attacked through the air.

Be a player and bet on the Jets/Broncos in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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