Friday NHL Opening Odds

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(The Spread) - A total of six games are on the NHL schedule Friday night including a battle between the host Vancouver Canucks and the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the past two seasons in the Chicago Blackhawks. Continue reading for opening lines and totals on all the NHL games for February 4, 2011.

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It is safe to say that Vancouver (33-10-9) does not have a lot of friendly thoughts about the Chicago Blackhawks (27-20-4), the team that has eliminated the Canucks from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Vancouver will get another chance to take out its frustrations on Chicago tonight at 10:00PM EST as it hosts the Blackhawks in a game that will be shown on WGN.

Oddsmakers and online sports book have made the Canucks -160 favorites, while the over-under is set at 5.5. According to the latest trends, Chicago is 14-9 against Vancouver over the past three seasons.

Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champions, has been inconsistent this year but are coming in on a strong note offensively as its first game after the All-Star break was a 7-4 win Tuesday at Columbus. The Canucks, on the other hand, have been mostly consistent all season and are winners of four straight including two since the All-Star break with a 4-1 victory at Dallas and a 6-0 thrashing at Phoenix.

Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 27 goals and 40 assists, while his brother Henrik Sedin has tallied 11 goals and 51 assists. Patrick Sharp paces the Blackhawks with 26 goals and 21 assists.

Elsewhere in the NHL Friday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins (33-15-4) host the Buffalo Sabres (23-21-5) at 7:00PM EST. Pittsburgh is listed as a -150 favorite and the over-under is 5.5. The Washington Capitals (27-15-10) are at Tampa Bay (32-15-5) for a 7:30PM EST start. The Lightning are -130 favorites and the over-under is -130.

For opening money line odds and totals on every game in the NHL for February 4, see below.

NHL Opening Lines, Odds & Over/Under Totals

1 Florida Panthers +125 (5)

2 New Jersey Devils -145

3 Buffalo Sabres +130 (5.5)

4 Pittsburgh Penguis -150

7 Washington Capitals +110 (5.5)

8 Tampa Bay Lightning -130

9 Edmonton Oilers +170 (5.5)

10 St. Louis Blues -200

11 Chicago Blackhawks +140 (5.5)

12 Vancouver Canucks -160

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