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(The Spread) – Four teams will try to solidify a 2-0 lead in their respective series', while four others will try to get things back to even as the NHL Playoffs continue Friday night with Game 2 action.

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The top-seeded Vancouver Canucks shut down the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 Wednesday and have a chance to go on the road with full control of the series as Game 2 is at 10:00PM EST Friday night. According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Canucks have been made a -175 favorite and the Blackhawks a +155 underdog. The over/under total for this game opened at 5 goals.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo was stout in the series opener as he sent back all 32 shots against him. It is the second consecutive shutout for Luongo as he also was between the pipes for a 5-0 victory over Minnesota in the final game of the Canucks' regular season.

Corey Crawford was also outstanding in goal for the Blackhawks, allowing only the two goals on 33 shots. He posted a 2.30 goals-against average during the regular season.

According to the latest NHL trends, San Jose is 11-7 against the spread versus Los Angeles over the last three seasons. Nine of 18 games in this series have gone over the total during the last three seasons.

The night of action starts off in Pittsburgh at 7:05PM EST, where the Penguins will try to extend their lead to 2-0 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh is a -135 favorite and the over-under is 5. According to latest NHL public betting information, 58% of the public has bet on the Penguins so far.

The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers in overtime to win Game 1 Wednesday night. Game 2 will start at 7:35PM EST Friday. The Capitals are a -160 favorite and the over-under is 5.

Anaheim was stunned 4-1 by Nashville on its home ice in Game 1. The Ducks host Game 2 at 10:35 PM EST tonight and are a -150 favorite, while the over-under is listed at 5.

NHL Playoffs Opening Money Line Odds & Totals

17 Tampa Bay Lightning +115 (5)

18 Pittsburgh Penguins -135

19 New York Rangers +140 (5)

20 Washington Capitals -160

21 Chicago Blackhawks +155 (5)

22 Vancouver Canucks -175

23 Nashville Predators +130 (5)

24 Anaheim Ducks -150

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