Monday NHL Opening Odds
(The Spread) - Six games line the NHL schedule Monday night including a showdown between two of the Western Conference's best. Continue reading for opening lines, odds and totals for January 24, 2011.
Two of the top three teams in the Western Conference will be in action against each other Monday as the Dallas Stars (29-14-5) play at the slumping Vancouver Canucks (29-10-9) in what will be a 10:00PM EST start. While Dallas is looking to bounce back after a 7-4 loss at Calgary Friday, things have been a little rougher for Vancouver as it has lost four consecutive games including the last three in overtime.
Oddsmakers and online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Canucks -175 moneyline favorites and the over-under is set at 5.5. Vancouver comes in with a stellar 15-3-5 home record and the Stars have also proven to be tough on the road as they are 14-8-1.
According to the latest trends, Vancouver is 6-3 straight up against Dallas over the past three seasons.
Leading the Canucks into action is goaltender Roberto Luongo, who has a 21-8-7 record and a 2.35 goals-against average. Daniel Sedin leads the Vancouver offense with 27 goals and 34 assists. Kari Lehtonen sports a 21-10-5 record and a 2.49 GAA for the Stars and Brad Richards paces the offense with 19 goals and 37 assists.
Lehtonen was not in goal during the drubbing at the hands of Calgary and comes into action with a personal four-game winning streak.
Another prime matchup Monday night involves the New York Rangers and the host Washington Capitals at 7:30PM EST. The Capitals are a -185 moneyline favorite and the over-under is set at 5.5. The Boston Bruins are at the Los Angeles Kings for a 10:30PM EST start. Boston is a -120 favorite with an over-under of 5.5.
For a complete list of opening odds for Monday's NHL games, see below.
1 Toronto Maple Leafs +140 (5.5)
2 Carolina Hurricanes -160
3 New York Rangers +165 (5.5)
4 Washington Capitals -185
5 Nashville Predators +110 (5)
6 Calgary Flames -130
7 St. Louis Blues +115 (5.5)
8 Colorado Avalanche -135
9 Dallas Stars +155 (5.5)
10 Vancouver Canucks -175
11 Boston Bruins -120 (5.5)
12 Los Angeles Kings +115