Saturday NHL Playoffs Opening Odds

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(The Spread) The NHL Eastern Conference Finals are upon us Saturday night as the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book have made the Bruins a -150 favorite for Game 1 and the Lightning are set as +130 underdogs. The over-under is set at 5.5.

Tampa Bay enters the Eastern Conference Finals after an impressive 4-0 sweep of the Washington Capitals in the semifinals, while Boston looked just as good if not better in its 4-0 sweep versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

Veteran Martin St. Louis leads the Lightning with 13 playoffs points, while goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been stellar with a 2.01 goals-against average in 11 starts. Boston's Patrice Bergeron paces his squad with 12 playoff points and Tim Thomas has posted a 2.03 GAA in 11 starts.

According to the latest NHL trends, Boston is 8-4-0 straight up against Tampa Bay over the last three seasons. Six of 11 games in this series have gone over the total during the last three seasons.

Latest NHL playoff public betting information shows that 53 percent of 1,471 bets are currently placed on the Lightning +130.

NHL Playoff Opening Odds & Totals for Saturday, May 14, 2011

51 Tampa Bay Lightning +130 (5.5)

52 Boston Bruins -150

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