Friday NHL Odds
(The Spread) - There are several marquee matchups in the NHL on Friday night. Continue reading for opening odds, totals and trends on those matchups.
The Vancouver Canucks lost in regulation for the first time in 19 games at the New York Rangers Thursday night by a final of 1-0. Will Vancouver, still the owners of the best record in the NHL at 28-9-6, rebound Friday night when they travel to face the Washington Capitals (24-13-7) at 7:00PM EST.
Oddsmakers and online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Washington -130 favorites and Vancouver is listed at +110, while the over-under has been set at 6.
Despite the loss, Vancouver is still the hottest team in the NHL as it has ran through most of its competition over the past month. The road has done little to slow down the Canucks either as they are 13-6-3 away from home. Washington boasts a 15-4-5 home mark. According to the latest trends, Washington and Vancouver have split its last two meetings in the series.
The Capitals have one of the NHL's top starts in Alex Ovechkin, who leads the team with 45 points on 15 goals and 30 assists. Nicklas Backstrom has 11 goals and 28 assists. For Vancouver, the brothers of Henrik Sedin (9 goals, 46 assists) and Daniel Sedin (25 goals, 30 assists) are tied for the team lead in points.
Washington is trying to end a two-game losing skid as it lost to Florida 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday and were then shut out 3-0 by Tampa Bay Wednesday.
Also among the key matchups Friday night is a divisional battle at 7:00PM EST between the Detroit Red Wings and the host Columbus Blue Jackets. Detroit is listed as a -135 favorite and the over-under is 5.5. At 7:30 PM EST, the Philadelphia Flyers play at the Atlanta Thrashers where the two teams both have a line of -110 and the over-under is 5.5.
For a complete list of opening odds on Friday night’s NHL games, see below.
1 Vancouver Canucks +110 (6)
2 Washington Capitals -130
3 Detroit Red Wings -135 (5.5)
4 Columbus Blue Jackets +115
5 Philadelphia Flyers -110 (5.5)
6 Atlanta Thrashers -110
7 New Jersey Devils +175 (5.5)
8 Tampa Bay Lightning -210
9 Calgary Flames -110 (5.5)
10 Ottawa Senators -110