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Canucks, Jackets on NHL betting lines

Stanley Cup runners-up Vancouver hit the road in Columbus in search of their first victory on Monday night, after dropping their opener to Pittsburgh last time out.

Bovada has the Canucks as a -160 road favorite against the Blue Jackets. The opening OVER/UNDER total is sitting at 5.5.

Vancouver is missing Ryan Kesler, who is out indefinitely after undergoing hip surgery. The Canucks have a deep roster full of scorers and should still see the majority of action on the NHL betting lines.

There have been some changes in Columbus, and the addition of Jeff Carter to supplement the scoring by Rick Nash and others it could help the Blue Jackets' overall chances this season. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six head-to-head meetings.

In other NHL betting action on Monday the Tampa Bay Lightning are +145 road underdogs when they meet up in Washington to play the Capitals, who are a -170 favorite at Bovada.

Tampa Bay eliminated Washington in four straight games in last season’s playoffs. With the loaded guns on the Tampa Bay roster they could get some serious consideration from bettors. The Capitals got past Carolina 4-3 on Saturday, but will be anxious to get back at the Lightning for that postseason exit last year.

These teams have been known for offensive outbursts with four of the last six matchups paying out to OVER bettors in totals wagering.

Minnesota will host Ottawa on Tuesday night in a slow night for NHL betting. The Wild opened the season with a victory, while the Senators have dropped two straight to open the year.

Ottawa might be in a rebuilding process, but they have beaten the Wild in five straight meetings. Four of the last six meetings have sent OVER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

Stanley Cup champion Boston will face off as a possible road favorite when they take on the Hurricanes in Carolina in one of a few NHL betting matchups on Wednesday.

The Bruins have dominated Carolina in the past, and should garner most of the attention from NHL bettors. Boston won three of four head-to-head last season, while three of those contests also rewarded the UNDER bettor in totals wagering.