Posts Tagged ‘Ice-hockey’

Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes – Wikegård NHL Monday

Monday, November 8th, 2010

One match to focus on this Monday night in NHL, and it is a good one. Detroit Red Wings is in fine form and should beat Phoenix and get revenge for when they met at the end of October in Detroit.


Detroit Red Wings – Phoenix Coyotes 1 1.85


Detroit returns to Joe Louis Arena after a road-trip and will now play six matches on the trot at home. And sure they like to be there, having 4-1-0 as record so far this season. Red Wings have pulled things together and have won three of the last four matches in total. Phoenix Coyotes have lost three of their last four matches and are missing injured captain Shane Doan. Defender Ed Jovanovski is ill too. Detroit will win!


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


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 – No pride in the Czech team [Ambassador blog]

Monday, May 17th, 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.]


Norway and Denmark is running out of the petrol in the Ice-hockey World Championship, but I have fingers my fingers crossed for Latvia that faces a Czech team where the skilled players show zero pride and moral. Here are my betting tips for the Ice-hockey World Championship 2010:


Finland – Slovakia Tips: 1 (4 – 2)

Finland has strangely enough had serious problem scoring goals during this tournament. But I still have a strong belief in the Finns and I think they will be lethal when we reach the quarter-finals. Slovakia will see their old but hot star Miroslav Satan return, but that will not help them getting a result in this match.


Norway – Switzerland Tips: 2 (2 – 4)

Norway was quite thin among the defenders and it has not helped that veteran Tommy Jacobsson received a match-penalty and is suspended. Norway will struggle against the new A nation in ice hockey, Switzerland, and will lose. Belarus – Denmark Tips: X (3 – 3) Denmark’s success is built on hard work from the fringe players and that their stars perform on absolute maximum. I feel that the Danish engine is slowing down, but they can get a draw against a very unpredictable Belarus.


Czech Republic – Latvia Tips: 2 (3 – 4)

I hope that Latvia wins because my respect for the Czech team has gone out of the window. Zero moral and zero pride in a squad with very skilled players make me a bit sick. The “club side” Latvia always plays with heart and passion even if it can look a bit un-orthodox from time to time. The will-power is on the Latvian’s side and I bet on an upset.


- Niklas Wikegård, Expekt.com


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.]



Ice-hockey World Championship betting tips, Denmark and Sweden will loose [Guest blogger]

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.]


Denmark and Sweden plays in two very exciting matches today, against Russia and Canada respectively, and the Scandinavian sides will lose!


Denmark – Russia Tips: 2 (2 – 5)

When I eye through Denmark’s rooster I don’t get too impressed but what they lack in quality is replaced by team effort, tactic and a top-class work-ethic. They have a higher motivation than their opponents, but they will lose against classy Russia. The Russians will not underestimate Denmark.


Germany – Belarus Tips: 2 (2 – 3)

Germany has strengthened the squad with defender Erhoff from Vancouver but that will not help against Belarus. The old Soviet ice hockey school is a bit sharper than the German home soil enthusiasm and Belarus will win a tight game.


Latvia – Norway Tips: 2 (2 – 4)

Grotnes is back in goal, but this will be a very tricky game for Norway and it can go either way. Since both teams need to win I write off a draw and at the end I choose Norway since they have a better first line, lead by Thoresen, than Latvia.


Sweden – Canada Tips: 2

This will be a fierce match with a lot of goal chances, and that will suit Canada. They have a better side than Sweden and will win. In the match, an over bet, is also interesting.


Good luck with your bets!


Wikegård's tips for the Ice-hockey Championship


Some thoughts betting on the IIHF Ice-hockey World Championship 2010 [Guest blogger]

Saturday, May 15th, 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.]


First of all I’d like to congratulate Niklas Wikegård a.k.a “Mr Hockey” to his 3-1 victory over me when it comes to picking out which teams to go through to the third round of the NHL play-offs in our private little battle with “only” our honour at stake and crushing him 7-4 in which teams to go through from the first round means nothing now – congratulations Niklas Wikegård!


Second, I’d like to congratulate Philly in making history and thanking them for letting me watch them do so. For the first time in 35 years a team has succeded in overtake another team after being down 3-0 in games and in what a way they dit it! After ten minutes Bruins lead 3-0 in the game and Flyers took a time-out as they were losing each and every battle on the ice and then totally turned the game around. Congratulations to a great win, Philly an Gagne!


Third, I’d like to congratulate Denmark to their 6-0 win over Slovakia as well as to their other wins in the IIHF Ice-hcokey World Championship and most of all ex-Timrå IK players Peter Regin and Frans Nielsen to being totally out-standing in their performances as well as Timrå IK player Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson for being the same for the swedish team. Congratulations all Red & White!


Last I must send a thank you to all Russian stars of the NHL that shows heart and comes to europe to play for their national team. My guess is that Satan as well as Chara will do the same for the Slovak team and then maybe, maybe I will at least have one of my long-term bets right for this season – can’t say I’ve had any luck there with my bets on Franzén as best swedish scorer and Zetterberg as everything “best swedish” with Franzén in top of the list of points made and Zetterberg second in goals and third in points but that summons the Red Wings season as well as my bets quite well, I think.


Today, Saturday, I will not watch nor bet on any sports at all as I’m awaiting tomorrows season endings of La Liga and Serie A as well as the start of the NHL semi-finals with San José taking on Chicago in the Shark Tank and a great trotting race in Oslo Grand Prix as well as Team Sweden playing Team Canada in the IIHF Ice-hockey championship but I’ve put in some pocket change on some trotters already, trying to avoid to have to put any more money into my betting account.


This brings me to the cruelness of betting on trotting and what happened to my bets last Thursday. It started out just so well with the winner I’d picked, Viola Silas, being just as great as I guessed and I even had a bet on a horse that made it top 3 to 4.75 in odds.


Then my best bet for the evening came on the course and with each and everyone speaking of it and the odds dropping to about 10 on the course (I had 40 in odds and 8, around 2 in odds on the course, on top 3 with Expekt.com on my early bets) I had at least the odds on my side. But then what happens? Well, top driver Jorma Kontio makes the wrong decision in a split second and Askö Toy passed the finishing line with the best speed of all even though it had lots of more left but with nowhere to run with a wall of horses in front of it.


And now everyone watching trotting have seen that and the odds will be too low to care to bet on on Askö Toy in it’s next race. Put in my winnings from my first bet on my third idea for the night and that one was of course totally useless.


Today I don’t really have any good ideas at all so I’m just betting on a horse called Rano as I’ve had some success in betting on him before and the same goes for Brianson and as I believe 8 in odds are good enough to try on a favourite I’ve put these in a system with Fax Ivar K.R. but to be honest I don’t have any real feeling for any of them today or at least they all race against some great horses but maybe luck will be on my side – usually is when I just put in pocket change on my bets so maybe I should stick to that and it was a 5-fold with a stake of € 0.50 that took me to NY with Expekt.com the first time. Good Luck!


IIHF Ice-hockey World Championship 2010


Ice-Hockey World Championship 2010, Wednesday’s betting tips [Guest blogger]

Wednesday, May 12th, 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.]


In Today’s, Wednesday’s, matches I think Germany will have trouble with strong going Denmark. It will be a tight match.


Italy – Latvia Tips: 2 (1-4)

An important game for both teams when it comes to staying up in the A pool, but Latvia has a bit too strong team to lose in a match of this importance against a brave but weak Italy. Canada – Switzerland Tips: 1 (4 – 2) This will be a match that I will follow closely. Switzerland have developed a kind of Canadian/Swiss type of ice hockey and a lot of strong Canadian coaches and players have shaped the Swiss league into the most exciting in Europe. It might mot be the best, but still of high, entertaining class. Remember that Zurich won the Champions League two years ago. Canada, with their speed and power, will have the upper hand at the end but it will be dramatic.


Denmark – Germany Tips: 2 (2 – 3)

This will be another tight game but home soil will play a decisive role. Germany has imported too many players which have halted the development in the national team but they will give everything here and have showed commitment against both USA and Finland. Denmark have always have some skilled players in their side but hey also now have some hard-workers and a strict tactic to follow and they do it well. The imported Swedish coach Per Bäckman, who took the job after I turned it down, has meant a lot. And as always, check out Dane Peter Regin. A class act.


Finland – USA Tips: 1 (3- 1)

Both Finland and USA was here to fight about the medals and in the third match they need to show the quality they have. I believe in Finland in this encounter. They beat Germany and will improve more and more. If my tips are correct, USA is out of the medal action already after the first group face. Who could have thought that?