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Wings, Sharks in NHL playoff betting

Detroit is still licking its wounds from last year's playoff exit courtesy of San Jose, and that won’t be far from their minds when the two teams renew acquaintances in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs on Friday night in NHL betting action.

The Sharks open the series at home as a slight -120 favorite at Sportsbook.ag despite dominating the Red Wings recently. San Jose took out the Wings in five games in last year’s playoffs, and won three of four during the regular season this year.

San Jose defeated the Kings in the first round in a tough six-game series, and it will be hard for them to get back up with such a short turnaround from one series to another. Detroit's Johan Franzen missed Game 4 against the Coyotes, but will return along with Henrik Zetterberg, who was out for the entire series.

It could be a good time to pick a confident Red Wings team in the opener as a +100 road underdog.

Sportsbook.ag has this game set at 5.5 in OVER/UNDER betting, and these teams have been kind to OVER bettors in seven of the last 10 head-to-head meetings.

NHL betting action on Saturday features a rematch between heated rivals Boston and Philadelphia, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Bruins in last year’s playoffs.

Philadelphia is the No. 2 seed and will have home-ice advantage throughout the series, and Sportsbook.ag gives them an edge as -125 favorites in Game 1 at Wells Fargo Center.

Both teams went seven games in their respective first-round series, with the Bruins downing Montreal and the Flyers disposing of Buffalo.

The question mark in this series will be whether or not Brian Boucher will keep his momentum and give the Flyers some stability in net over a long series.

Boston won two games in Philadelphia this season, and took the season series 3-1. The Bruins could be a good road underdog wager in the opener, but this best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series could go the distance if last year's matchup is any indication.

Three of the four regular season games produced a win for UNDER bettors in totals betting.