Flyers Penguins Game 2 playoff preview

Despite choking away a lead in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins are still big home favorites for Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

A 3-0 lead wasn't enough for Pittsburgh in the opener on Wednesday, as they frustrated their supporters on the NHL betting lines by allowing four unanswered goals in 4-3 overtime defeat.

Jakub Voracek had the OT winner for the Flyers on Wednesday as they won as +155 underdogs and continued their run as the league's best road team.

The Flyers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 47-26-9 this season, while the Penguins are 51-25-6. Philadelphia is 43-37-2 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 43-31-8 versus the number.


Devils Panthers Playoff Odds

Through an interesting turn of events a coach goes up against the team that fired him last year when Pete DeBoer and his New Jersey Devils hook up with the Florida Panthers for an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series starting Friday.

Ladbrokes is listing New Jersey as a -120 road favorite for Friday's series opener (7 pm Eastern, NHLN, TSN), with Florida “getting” +100 as the home-ice underdog.


Blackhawks Coyotes Playoff Odds

The Stanley Cup champions of two seasons ago, the Chicago Black Hawks, begin this year's playoffs against a first-time division champion, the Phoenix Coyotes.

As of Tuesday evening is listing Phoenix as -125 chalk for Thursday's series opener (10 pm Eastern, NBCS, TSN), with Chicago getting +105. And the 'over/under' sits at five (O -135/U +115).


Blues Sharks Playoff Odds

In what looks to be a bit of a mismatch on paper the St. Louis Blues, the two seed in the Western Conference, skate with the seventh-seeded San Jose Sharks in a first-round NHL playoff series beginning Thursday.

But bettor beware - the Sharks are a veteran team capable of the upset here.


Bruins Capitals Playoff Odds

The Boston Bruins begin the second-season defense of their Stanley Cup championship of last year when they meet the Washington Capitals in an NHL first-round Eastern Conference playoff series starting Thursday.

For Thursday's Game 1 (7:30 pm Eastern, NBCS, CBC) is listing Boston as a -180 favorite, with Washington getting +160. And the 'over/under' is pegged at five (O -130/U +110).


Rangers Senators Playoff Odds

The New York Rangers may have missed out on winning the President's Trophy, but they'll still begin  the NHL playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference when they take on the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in a first-round series starting Thursday.


Canucks vs Kings Playoff Odds

The two-time defending President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks begin their quest for a Stanley Cup when they meet up with the Los Angeles Kings for a Western Conference first-round playoff series. is listing Vancouver as a -175 favorite for Wednesday night's series opener (10:30 pm Eastern, CBC, NBCS), with LA getting +155 as the underdog. And the 'over/under' is posted at five (O +125/U -145).


Lincecum favored over Colorado

The Colorado Rockies will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors as underdogs when the San Francisco Giants invade Coors Field on Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie gets the call for the Colorado Rockies and he will try to build on a 1-0 mark. In the other dugout, Tim Lincecum brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Giants as he tries to quiet the Rockies bats.

The Giants have won eight of nine meetings including the last game in this series.


Marlins Phillies Betting Preview

The visiting Marlins hope to rebound from yesterday's loss here and steal a win at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Miami puts its faith in starter Mark Buehrle to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-1. Getting the ball for the Phillies is Joe Blanton, the durable righty.

Blanton faced the Marlins three times the past two seasons and won each time. Meanwhile, Buehrle has only faced the Phillies a few times in his career after coming over from the AL.

Philly won its lone start this season vs a LH starter.


Lakers Spurs betting preview

The San Antonio Spurs host Los Angeles on Wednesday, a team that has been a money pit for bettors lately, failing to cover in 10 of their past 11 games overall.

And while the head-to-head trend has been UNDER the total (8-2 past 10 meetings), the Lakers have seen the total go OVER in 15 of their last 20 game.

The Spurs look to build on their 40-15 mark against the 36-22 Lakers in NBA action at AT&T Center. Kobe Bryant is day-to-day with a sore shin, check on his status before making any plays and watch for the opening line later at TopBet.



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