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Bolts, Bruins meet on NHL betting lines

Tampa Bay hopes to get a bit of early revenge on the team that dashed their championship aspirations last season as they travel to Boston in a busy night of NHL betting action on Saturday.

The Bruins took an epic 1-0 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern final against the Lightning on their way to the Cup last year, and they will be likely home favorites in this contest.

Boston won all three regular-season meetings against the Lightning last year and should see the majority of action on the NHL betting lines. These teams trend toward an OVER play in totals betting in head-to-head encounters.

Alex Ovechkin will be looking to redeem himself and lead his team back to the postseason for a chance at Lord Stanley’s mug on Saturday when Washington opens its season at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Capitals won five of six head-to-head against Carolina last season, and will be home favorites in this contest. However, four of those victories were one-goal affairs. The Hurricanes were in all those games and could be a smart underdog wager on the road.

The last seven meetings between Washington and Carolina have sent UNDER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

A new era starts Sunday in the NHL when the storied Montreal Canadiens play the first regular-season game against the Jets since the team left over a decade ago. It’s one of only two games on the NHL betting docket for Sunday.

When the Jets were in Atlanta last season these teams played four times and split the season series. Winnipeg will  likely be a small home favorite in their season opener that is sure to draw lots of attention on the NHL betting lines. Three of four matchups last season made winners of UNDER bettors.

Stanley Cup futures at Bovada have Vancouver leading the pack at 7/1, followed by Washington (8/1) and Pittsburgh (9/1). Defending-champion Boston is pencilled in at 10/1, while San Jose is a good middle of the road pick at 12/1, and good odds can be had with Tampa Bay at 18/1.