Friday NHL Playoffs Opening Odds

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(The Spread) – A pair of Game 1's are on tap Friday night as the Washington Capitals host the Tampa Bay Lightning, followed by the San Jose Sharks kicking off their Western Conference semifinals series at home against the Detroit Red Wings.

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The Capitals and the Lightning open their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 7:00PM EST live on Versus. Washington advanced to this round by besting the New York Rangers in six games, while Tampa Bay downed the Pittsburgh Penguins in a full seven games.

Oddsmakers from online sports book have made the Capitals -175 favorites with an over-under of 5.5. According to the latest NHL trends, Washington is 14-4 against the spread versus Tampa Bay over the last three seasons. Eight of 16 games in this series have gone over the total during the last three seasons.

Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals in their series against New York with three goals and three assists. Martin St. Louis notched four goals and four assists for the Lightning against Pittsburgh.

Second in the doubleheader will be Game 1 between host San Jose and Detroit. San Jose took six games to dispose of the Los Angeles Kings, while the Red Wings swept past the Phoenix Coyotes. San Jose is a -115 favorite for the opener tonight and the over-under is 5.5. Game time is slated for 10:00PM EST.

According to the latest public betting information, 60 percent of bets are currently on the Red Wings +106.

NHL Playoffs Opening Odds & Totals

51 Detroit Red Wings +105 (5.5)

52 San Jose Sharks -125

53 Tampa Bay Lightning +155 (5.5)

54 Washington Capitals -175

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