Thursday NHL Opening Odds

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(The Spread) - It is a moderately busy day in the NHL Thursday night and it includes a non-conference battle between two of the league's best teams in the Detroit Red Wings and the host Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Detroit (34-16-6) is second in points in the Western Conference, while Tampa Bay (34-17-6) has the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference. The two squads will get the chance to clash for supremacy Thursday night at 7:30PM EST in Tampa Bay.

Oddsmakers and online sports book Sportsbook.com have listed the Lightning as -115 favorites, while the over-under is set at 5.5. The latest trends show that Detroit is 30-26-0 on over-unders this season, while Tampa Bay is 32-24-1 on over-unders.

The Red Wings are riding a high after sweeping Boston Friday night and Sunday afternoon in a home-and-home series. Tampa Bay has flip flopped between losses and wins in its last five, falling 4-3 in an epic shootout with the Flyers Tuesday that went to the seventh round.

Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg highlights his squad offensively as he has 17 goals and 44 assists, while Lighning phenom Steven Stamkos has wowed fans to the tune of 40 goals and 34 assists in 57 contests.

Elsewhere in the NHL Thursday night, the New York Rangers host the Los Angeles Kings at 7:00PM EST. The Rangers are -120 favorites and the over-under is 5. The Vancouver Canucks are at the Nashville Predators for an 8:00PM EST start, where Vancouver is a -125 favorite and the over-under is 5.5.

On the West coast, San Jose is home against Washington at 10:30 PM EST. San Jose is a -155 favorite with an over-under of 5.5.

For a complete list of opening odds for Thursday, February 17, 2011, see below.

NHL Opening Odds, Lines & Over/Under Totals

51 Los Angeles Kings +100 (5)

52 New York Rangers -120

53 Boston Bruins -150 (5.5)

54 New York Islanders +130

55 Detroit Red Wings -105 (5.5)

56 Tampa Bay Lightning -115

57 Vancouver Canucks -125 (5.5)

58 Nashville Predators +105

59 Atlanta Thrashers +145 (5.5)

60 Phoenix Coyotes -165

61 Montreal Canadiens -135 (5.5)

62 Edmonton Oilers +115

63 Washington Capitals +135 (5.5)

64 San Jose Sharks  -155

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