NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Sports Betting Odds Previews for Friday

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The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Friday May 11th with Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals to the delight of pro hockey bettors worldwide.

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It will be the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting Game 1 against the Washington Capitals. The Lightning and Capitals get things started at 8PM Eastern Time with NBC Sports Network providing the coast to coast broadcast. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Tampa Bay Lightning favored by –175 odds with the return on the underdog Washington Capitals at +155 odds. The goal over under is lined at 6 goals.

Washington punched their ticket into the Eastern conference finals after eliminating the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. It was a 2-1 overtime victory at Pittsburgh that advanced the Capitals past the second round. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game winning goal with an assist from Alex Overchkin and Dmitry Orlov. Washington was able to outshoot the Penguins 30-22. Braden Holtby is 8-2-1 in net as the turned away 21 of 22 shots. His goal against average in the playoffs is 2.04. Holtby has been good in net during the postseason in his career but is finally getting goal support. The Capitals opened the playoffs by sweeping the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight. Washington has played great hockey on the road in these playoffs as they enter the Eastern conference finals with a mark of 5-1. Washington has won all three of their overtime games.

Tampa Bay outlasted the Boston Bruins in the second round by winning in five games. After dropping a 6-2 decision at home in the opener the Lightning then went on to win the next four games. Tampa Bay was up 2-1 in their series playing Game 4 at Boston. They got the key 4-3 overtime victory then closed out the Bruins at home 3-1. Tampa Bay broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with a power play goal by J.T. Miller then iced the game with an Anton Stralman empty netter with a minute and a half left in the game. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskly is 8-2 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.20. In the opening round the Lightning knocked out the New Jersey Devils in five games.

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