Tuesday NHL Opening Odds
(The Spread) - There are six games on the NHL schedule Tuesday and it includes an Eastern Conference matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning that will air live on Versus. Continue reading for opening lines and totals on all the NHL games for February 8, 2011.View Current NHL Odds
The first-place Tampa Bay Lightning (33-16-5) are coming off a thrilling win Sunday afternoon as Vincent Lecavlier's overtime goal lifted them to a 4-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues. Tampa Bay will again try to win on its home ice Tuesday night at 7:30PM EST in a game against the Buffalo Sabres (24-22-5).
Oddsmakers and online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Lightning -145 favorites, while the over-under is set at 5.5. According to the latest trends, Buffalo is 26-22-3 on over-unders this season while Tampa Bay is 29-24-1 on over-unders.
Buffalo is 1-1 since the All-Star break and is coming off a 6-2 victory Saturday at home against Toronto. Thomas Vanek leads the Sabres with 19 goals and 25 assists, while goalie Ryan Miller has a 22-15-4 record and a 2.67 goals-against average. Steven Stamkos highlights the Tampa Bay attack with 40 goals and 32 assists.
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Washington Capitals are home against the San Jose Sharks at 7:00PM EST. Washington is a -145 favorite and the over-under is 5.5. Pittsburgh is home versus Columbus at 7:00PM EST, where the Penguins are -150 favorites and the over-under is 5.5. The St. Louis Blues are at Florida for a 7:30PM EST start. The Panthers are a -120 favorite and the over-under is 5.5.
For opening money line odds and totals on every game in the NHL for February 8, see below.
NHL Opening Lines, Odds & Over/Under Totals
1 San Jose Sharks +125 (5.5)
2 Washington Capitals -145
3 Toronto Maple Leafs +105 (5.5)
4 New York Islanders -125
5 Columbus Blue Jackets +130 (5.5)
6 Pittsburgh Penguins -150
9 St. Louis Blues +100 (5.5)
10 Florida Panthers -120
11 Buffalo Sabres +125 (5.5)
12 Tampa Bay Lightning -145