Sunday NHL Playoffs Opening Odds

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(The Spread) – The Western Conference Finals begin tonight as two teams with a lengthy history of coming up short in the NHL Playoffs in the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks have a chance to put their past failures to rest.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book have made the Canucks -170 favorites in tonight's matchup and the visiting Sharks are +150 underdogs. The over-under is set at 5.5 for the 8:05PM EST start.

Vancouver was given a lot to handle from the Nashville Predators in its semifinal series, but eventually won Game 6 2-1 on the road to clinch the series. San Jose nearly blew its series with the Detroit Red Wings as it blew a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven before winning Game 7 3-2.

Ryan Kesler leads the Canucks in playoff scoring with five goals and 15 assists, while goalie Roberto Luongo has posted a 2.25 goals-against average in 12 starts. San Jose's Ryane Clowe has four goals and nine assists in 12 games to pace his squad, while Antti Niemi has a 3.01 GAA in 13 games.

According to the latest NHL trends, San Jose is 7-5 against the spread versus Vancouver over the last three seasons. Seven of 12 games in this series have gone over the total during the last three seasons.

Latest NHL playoff public betting information shows that 51 percent of 1,781 bets are currently placed on the San Jose Sharks +150.

NHL Playoff Opening Odds & Totals for Sunday, May 15, 2011

53 San Jose Sharks +150 (5.5)

54 Vancouver Canucks -170

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