I've been watching the player movements for a while now & will be placing a few small wagers on European hockey. I hope to be able to capitalize on my knowledge of hockey, available stats, & the quality of the folks that have joined specific teams
--- BUT ---
I make no promises as Euro hockey is new & suggest all who follow tread lightly. You have been warned 1 unit = $50
Neither Ilya Bryzgalov nor Pavel Datsyuk were in the CSKA Moscow lineup yesterday. They are slated to be introduced at a press conference today and then will play their first game tomorrow against Avangard Omsk.
My first pick will be KHL 11:30am CKSA Moscow -.5 over Avangard Omsk (-105 at Bet365) 1 unit
CKSA: 3W - 2OTW - 3L= 13 points
Avangard: 1W - 2OTW - 1OTL - 4OTL= 8 points
CKSA has acquired:
C - Pavel Datsyuk --- Superstar - Future Hall of Famer
G - Ilya Bryzgalov (not sure if Ilya is a benefit or a liability...)
F - Alexander Radulov --- Screwed Nashville last year but doing well in CKSA - 9 points in 8 games (4G, 5A) Radulov is the KHL's all-time leading scorer with 254 points.
My second pick will be KHL 11:30amMetallurg Magnitogorsk -.5 over Niznekamsk (+100 Bet365) 1 unit
Magnitogorsk: 2W - 2OTL - 2L= 8 points
Niznekamsk: 3W - 3OTW - 1OTL - 1L= 16 points
Magnitogorsk has acquired:
C - Evgeni Malkin --- If you don't know Geno, I can't help you
D - Sergei Gonchar ---Getting on in years, but did well for Ottawa last year by getting 37 points. I think he has something to prove & wants to show he's worth the $5.5 Mil/yr he's paid.
LW - Nikolai Kulemin --- Magnitogorsk is his home town. had 28 points last year for Toronto (7G, 21A)
My third pick will be KHL 1:00pm HC Lev Praha -1 vs HC Yurga (-120 Bet365 alternate line) 2 units
HC Lev Praha: 5W - 2OTW - 2L= 17 points
HC Yurga: 1W - 6L= 3 points
HC Lev Praha is in 1st place in the West Conf. (HC Yurga is last in the East Conf.) and has acquired:
RW - Jakub Voracek --- 49 points (18G, 31A) for Philly last year
C - Jiri Hudler --- Small, but talented & should do well on the larger ice surface. 50 points (25G, 25A) last year for Detroit
My biggest fear is that this game will be 'externally influenced' (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, ya know, ya know).
Best 'O Luck to all