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Mr Hockey picks his best NHL bets

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Niklas Wikegård – the former coach leading ice hockey voice in Swedish TV – is Mr Hockey at Expekt.com!

Every Monday he picks his best NHL bets that night – here is his choices this Monday:

Hi NHL fans!

Nashville Predators are current nr 1 in NHL – that is so thrilling. Rookie goal-keeper Anders Lindbäck has really got a flying start between the posts winning three out of four matches and it will be interesting to see how long Nashville lasts.

This NHL Monday night I go for a double with home wins for Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets. Yes – I think Philadelphia will struggle against The Jackets.

My bet
Columbus Blue Jackets – Philadelphia Flyers 1
Montreal Canadiens – Phoenix Coyotes 1
Odds: 5.98

Columbus is a bit underestimated and they don´t have the big stars as we see in many other teams. But they are building for the future and beat champions Chicago 3-2 on Saturday. Their odds have really good value against a Flyers side that is not really on top as a team yet.

Montreal Canadiens is all about speed and putting the opponent under pressure. Phoenix will be without injured captain Shane Doan and I don´t think they will stand the pressure in Montreal.

- Niklas Wikegård, Expekt


Spela poker och chatta med Niklas Wikegård ikväll kl. 21.00 [Poker]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Swedish flag Ikväll kl. 21.00 har du chansen att möta Niklas Wikegård vi pokerbordet. Vi värmer upp inför nattens NHL-slutspel med en 15 Kr turnering med extra $50 i potten.


Niklas kommer spela under pokernamn “NiklasWikegard” så att du kan hålla koll på honom i chatten.


“Men jag är ju så j-v kass på poker” sa Niklas när vi ringde upp honom förra veckan för att planera för turneringen. Det är ingen fara, Markus Klintborg, vår Poker Manager, kommer ha ett långt coach möte med Niklas innan vi kör igång ikväll. Om inte annat så har ni chansen att chatta hela turneringen med Niklas om det vi alla kommer sitta bänkade vi inatt: Stanley Cup slutspelet mellan Philadelphia Flyers – Chicago Blackhawks.


Turneringen är öppen för registrering nu, spelet börjar kl. 21 och pokerklienten kan du ladda ner här. Lösenordet till turneringen är “wikan”.




I do have a strong belief in Philly taking the series to a seventh game

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]


Sitting here calmly on Monday morning, watching the news with a cup of coffee in front of me and a cigarette in my hand, reflecting a bit over how extremely wrong I was betting for under 5.5 goals as well as for a draw in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final. My idea was that sooner or later two teams which ordinarily have great defences will prove that simultaneous over 60 minutes but that was certainly not the case this time. 7-4 in favour of Chicago was nothing like I expected the game to end and now Philly has to win both remaining games to win the cup.


At least I made some winnings on games 3 and 4 and I do have a strong belief in Philly taking the series to a seventh game and this is something that happens almost every time when one team knows they’ll have one more chance but of course Blackhawks will try to close the series already in game 6 and I think this game will be tight and not have lots of goals but then again – that was what I thought game 5 would look like as well but I’ll give my bets on less than 5.5 goals and a draw one more shot for the upcoming battle. And of course if Blackhawks will win game 6 expert Niklas Wikegård will have made the correct prediction with his 4-2 in games to Chicago and that’s not so good for my private little battle with him as he kicked my ass in round 2 and 3 of the play-offs.


The World Cup will start soon, as I believe almost everyone knows, and I’ve started up with bets on a couple of national friendlies with some success with Nigeria, Serbia and USA as winners, the draw between Switzerland and Italy and a five-fold to 11.09 in odds and these winnings were welcomed as I, as many else I guess, lost some money on France losing to China and as a banker this was frankly not a great choice.


The French Open was won by Nadal and my bet on Söderling to win the final was totally useless looking back at it. However, I do think we’re watching a shift in the top of the ATP as well as the WTA circus right now and players like Söderling and Berdych will make eyebrows lift in surprise again in the near future and for the WTA the French Open showed that you suddenly have 10-12 players that can win a grand slam.


For my upcoming bets other than on the Stanley Cup I will go for the FIFA World Cup but I’m not at all clear of how yet but I do know I will place some money on all of the four supertoto coupons Expekt is offering, each with a € 25 K guaranteed winning to a sole winner, and maybe place some bets on different trotting races but the trotting scene is really hard to predict during this time of year so I will only place bets with low stakes to high odds. Not the best way to bet maybe but putting in only pocket-change I’ll at least have some excitement watching the races to a low cost ;-)


Good Luck with your bets!



Stanley Cup playoffs entering the 3rd round [Guest blogger]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]


Even if I’ve been close on my NHL bets for draws in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final it doesn’t feel that way. In the first game Philly goalie Leighton was useless and even if Flyers had the game already from start Blackhawks could score as soon as they came into the offensive zone as it felt. In the second game the play was way above the first in quality and at least my bet on under 5.5 goals got me my stake back in total as this game was very much how I expected this series to be but I somehow knew the first game would be a little bit “crazy” as NHL teams and players are not used to the rest they had to face because of winning their semi-finals all to fast and easy.


The second game was just as “tight, tight, tight” as i said in a comment to Niklas Wikegård on his blog here but I don’t know what happened but after Blackhawks first goal I just got up to get myself some food and drink from the fridge during the commercial and when I sat down again the standing was 2-0.


Didn’t watch the last period as I got tired of the eating and drinking but according to the reports and interviews from the game Chicago goalie Niemi had been great so 2-1 maybe was closer to a draw then it feels like for me as watching the first two period gave me another picture: Philly tightening up their defensive play made them lose all their offensive strenght and that even in power play.


For the third battle I think it will go to Philly quite easily as Chigaco now is up two games and will not be on their toes and the crowd will make Flyers fly and odds 2.45 at Expekt.com is okey but I hope they will put up a handicap +1.5 goals as usual. Betting these days is not an easy task if you’re not into friendly games (I almost never bet on them), cycling, second class soccer or tennis (at least I made some winnings on the French Open) but those who took my advice of betting on trotter Copper Beech not reaching the final of elitloppet at least doubled their stakes.


Unfortunately for me I didn’t stop there and I could not have seen Iceland as the winner of Elitloppet. Never. Ever. And that’s all for now – not much to bet on for me so I go for a Philly handicap win as I said before and rest on the betting trigger after that as I’m going away for a couple of days were no internet is accessable and that feels great during these lovely, sunny summer days.


Good Luck!


Elitloppet 2010


Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotting and the World Cup – Read about my betting weekend [Guest blogger]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]


Stanley Cup Playoffs


As I’ve had some days off not only from blogging here but also from following any sports as well as from betting on them I’ve almost lost interest in it as I tend to do over the summer.


Okey, I’ve been watching the NHL semi-finals and the Ice-hockey World Championship with at least one eye, and I send BIG congratulations to 19-year old Timrå IK player Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson for making the all-star team as well as finishing in the top of most statistic listings for the World Championship and bringing home a bronze medal to Sweden with him!


Coming up soon is of course the World Cup in South Africa and I will watch it but not follow every game and I’m a little surprised to see so many seems to think Spain will win the cup easily and even more surprised that England is among the favourites. I think this Cup will be hot in more than one way. Because of that I believe either Brazil or Argentina will win it. As for surprise teams I’ll go for the African ones, and looking back at the last African Nations Cup I think there will be more nations than Ivory Coast and Nigeria to watch out for this time as Ghana, Algeria and Cameroon all are teams good enough to stir up some fuzz even if neither of them of course will stand there as winner in the end.


South Africa will most certainly leave with three straight losses as they are simply not good enough in my eyes. But there’s still a couple of weeks until the World Cup starts and for me as a trotting and ice-hockey fan I have the swedish Elitloppet to look forward to already this weekend as well as the first game of the Stanley Cup final on the same sunday and on saturday there will also be some great races on Solvalla to watch and bet on with Sweden Cup as the highlight.


In the clash between Chicago and Philly I will put some money on Flyers as I think they’ve had the most impressive play of the two so far and has a great defensive. Blackhawks are too big of a favourite here and I really think they’ve had an easier way to the final so despite the fact that they have players like Toews I believe they at least will have a hard time going all the way – my guess for the series is that this will go to 6 or 7 games and a couple of overtime wins will be in it so I put my money on a draw in 60 minutes for the first battle to 4.10 in odds.


In Elitloppet I already have a bet on Lucky Jim but that was placed long before I knew he would have grid 7 behind the starting car in his trial heat. Now the race looks quite open and the qualifying races will show more and I rest for now when it comes to betting on the winner of the final. In Sweden cup I would have liked the opportunity to bet on from which qualifying heat the winner will come from as I think heat 1 has all the best trotters in it.


Now I’ll sit back, watch and look for anything worth betting for in the final instead but a small tip is that french horses are the best in the world so 5.50 on Quito D’aveze as winner of trial 1 for Sweden Cup seems okey at hand but remember grid 8 is almost impossible to win from at Solvalla and most probably you will see a lot of horses winning from the lead as usual in the summertime and especially on Solvallas track.


As I look for some higher odds as I’m not betting with big stakes on these two days of great racing I look at some place bets (top-3) instead and will put them in some kind of system, most likely in a Yankee, Patent or Trixie but I’m not at all clear about on which horses yet – much depends on what kind of weather and what type of track there will be and the first races of the two days will show a lot more of what to expect in the ones later on even if a first glimpse at the racing form looks like a lot of favourites will win both days.


Well, that’s all the thoughts I’ve got when it comes to betting right now and if I have to recommend just one bet I would put it on Copper Beech NOT reaching the Elitloppet final to 2.10 in odds – this horse has done well but I think he’s up against too good horses to finish top 4 in his heat this time.


Good Luck!


NHL Stanley Cup final, Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers [Betting tips]

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

[Niklas Wikegård is one of Sweden’s most iconic hockey profiles. Started out as assitant coach 1986-87 for Väsby IK and succesfully brought them up to Elitserien, the top league in Swedish ice-hockey. Last he was heach coach for Djurgården between 2002-2005. Today Niklas Wikegård works as Swedish TV commentator and is loved by a whole nation. Niklas is an ambassador of Expekt.com and will frequently provide you with blogs, videos and betting tips.]


We will witness a high tempo and a very physical game throughout the whole final series. Chicago are a small favorite in my eyes, they have a more skillful team including more potential match winners. Many people aren’t surprised to see Chicago in the final this year, me included, but to see Flyers in the final is definitely a surprise, especially after their start in the playoff. They have been the hard-working playoff team that never give up – and nobody want to meet!


Chicago have a very complete squad and a very qualified coach in Joel Quenneville, who has built this team from scratch for a couple of seasons. They were the worse team in the league a few seasons ago but Jonathan Toews has stepped up as the big leader every team needs. They have plenty of skillful players, both offensively and defensively, but I want to single out one player that has been very important throughout this playoff: Dustin Byfuglien! Eight goals so far and very useful for the Blackhawks. He weights 115 kg and is 193 cm tall, and is a nightmare for all the defenders and goalkeepers.


Chicago have so many tools to use in different scenarios and that’s why they have reached the final – and that’s why I see them as the favorite against the Flyers.


Philadelphia Flyers have just been better and better after every game in this year’s players, especially after both Gagne and Carter has returned back from injuries. Goalkeeper Leighton, who replaced Boucher in the series against Boston, has been amazing and saved the Flyers on numerous of occasions.


Their alpha male is Mike Richards, who is a copy of Peter Forsberg; tough, hard and reckless! He set the standard for the rest of his teammates. They also have, like Chicago, a lot of players to mention, but I will just mention two of the: Chris Pronger, the giant in their defense who I criticized during the Olympics earlier this year, has been the player he is paid be – ice time around 30 min per game is normal for him. The other player is Danny Briere (18 points in 17 matches so far) who is finally producing after numbers of seasons with injury problems.


Chicago Blackhawks to win the series 4-2!


Bet on Chicago Blackhawks - Philadelphia Flyers


Ice-hockey World Championship – Sweden will win tonight [Ambassador blog]

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

[Niklas Wikegård is one of Sweden’s most iconic hockey profiles. Started out as assitant coach 1986-87 for Väsby IK and succesfully brought them up to Elitserien, the top league in Swedish ice-hockey. Last he was heach coach for Djurgården between 2002-2005. Today Niklas Wikegård works as Swedish TV commentator and is loved by a whole nation. Niklas is an ambassador of Expekt.com and will frequently provide you with blogs, videos and betting tips.]


No more matches for Slovakia and Czech Republic! That will happen if my predictions for tonight’s games come through.


Slovakia – Germany Tips: 2

With the backing of the home crowd I predict that Germany will win this decisive match. Slovakia will not be able to find the strength and power needed in a packed arena the day after they lost to Finland. Germany into to the quarters – sorry, Slovakia!


Russia – Finland Tips: X

This is a group final where I feel that Finland can nick a point via hard, collective work. Russia hasn’t had any bad result yet but I feel that it can come here when they are already looking ahead to the quarter-finals. Should be tight, and I pick a draw.


Canada – Czech Republic Tips: 1 (4 – 2)

I didn’t foresee Canada playing so weak and with the lack of pace as they showed against Sweden. Goalie Mason didn’t shine and will probably remain at the bench. The Czechs are under pressure to take a point to secure a quarter-final place, but I think that Canada will strike back and show more commitment. They will beat a stressed Czech Republic and knock them out of the tournament.


Switzerland – Sweden Tips: Under 5.5 goals / 2

Sweden did their best match in the tournament against Canada and I think that they want to keep the momentum against Switzerland and win the group. Switzerland will continue to play their modern hockey and they ought to be extremely fired up after losing to Norway, but I think that Sweden will have the upper hand in a match that will see few goals.


Wikegård's tips for the Ice-hockey Championship


NHL play-off betting tips [Video]

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

[Niklas Wikegård is one of Sweden’s most iconic hockey profiles. Started out as assitant coach 1986-87 for Väsby IK and succesfully brought them up to Elitserien, the top league in Swedish ice-hockey. Last he was heach coach for Djurgården between 2002-2005. Today Niklas Wikegård works as Swedish TV commentator and is loved by a whole nation. Niklas is an ambassador of Expekt.com and will frequently provide you with blogs, videos and betting tips.]