Sunday NHL Opening Odds

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The Spread) – A pivotal game in the race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot takes place Sunday evening as the Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book have made the Hurricanes a -135 favorite and the over-under is listed at 5.5. Carolina enters play with a 38-30-10 overall record and 21-13-4 at home, putting the Hurricanes ninth in the Eastern Conference with 86 points. Buffalo is seventh with 88 points as it is 39-29-10 and 20-13-6 on the road.

According to the latest NHL trends, Carolina is 24-12 ATS in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last three seasons. Buffalo is 19-13 ATS in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season. Carolina is 6-5 against the spread versus Buffalo over the last three seasons. Six of 11 games in this series have gone under the total over the last three seasons.

Thomas Vanek (28 goals, 39 assists) leads the Sabres into action as he has registered at least one point in 12 of his last 14 games. Carolina's Eric Staal (32 goals, 39 assists) registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 victory at the New York Islanders.

Other NHL games include the New York Rangers traveling to play the Philadelphia Flyers at 12:30PM EST. Oddsmakers have made the Flyers a -155 favorite and the over-under is 5.5. Detroit hosts Minnesota at 5:00PM EST. The Red Wings are a -230 favorite, while the over-under is 5.5. The Chicago Blackhawks are home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00PM EST. Chicago is a -180 fave and the over-under is 5.5.

NHL Hockey Opening Lines & Over/Under Totals

1 New York Rangers +135 (5.5)

2 Philadelphia Flyers -155

3 Buffalo Sabres +115 (5.5)

4 Carolina Hurricanes -135

7 Minnesota Wild +190 (5.5)

8 Detroit Red Wings -230

9 Tampa Bay Lightning +160 (5.5)

10 Chicago Blackhawks -180

11 Dallas Stars +145 (5.5)

12 Anaheim Ducks -165

13 Calgary Flames -145 (5.5)

14 Colorado Avalanche +125

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