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NHL Playoff Betting – Busy night on the ice on Friday

Alex OvechkinIf you’re going to bet NHL playoffs on Friday, you’re going to have your hands full with four games on the slate. Here is who you should pick in your sportsbook.

Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres odds – Friday, 7:00 PM ET

The Buffalo Sabres should be favored at home, but they’re in a 3-1 hole after dropping Game 4’s double-overtime thriller by a score of 3-2. Miroslav Satan notched the winner, while Boston Bruin’s Tuukka Rask and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller put on a goaltending clinic. Three of the four games have been decided by a single goal, and this probably won’t be any different, but we’re betting on Miller to stand on his head to give Buffalo a hockey betting chance.

Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals odds – Friday, 7:00 PM ET

The Capitals will be the home favorites after their 6-3 win in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead, and since the third period of Game 2’s 6-5 overtime win, Washington has outscored the Canadiens 14-5. Carey Price had two unsportsmanlike penalties in Game 4, and the Habs will likely go back to Jaroslav Halak, which isn’t encouraging. The Washington attack is rolling now, and Alex Ovechkin is grabbing the series by the scruff of the neck. Look for a Montreal elimination on Friday night.

Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks odds – Friday, 10:00 PM ET

The Canucks pulled even with a big third period in Game 4’s 6-4 victory, outscoring the Kings 4-1. The Canucks took it to the Kings in those final 20 minutes with a 17-8 edge in shots, and Los Angeles goalie Jon Quick finally blinked in his first postseason. Roberto Luongo wasn’t much better, but he made key saves when he had to, and the Sedin brothers finally broke out. Vancouver will be favored at home, and they’ll need to jump on the Kings early as Los Angeles lost their composure, and being a young team, they may still be thinking about it on Friday. Go with the Canucks at home.

Detroit Red Wings vs Phoenix Coyotes odds – Friday, 10:00 PM ET

Jimmy Howard stopped all 29 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes in Game 4, while Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of goals, while Pavel Datsyuk added the other for Detroit. Captain Shane Doan could be back for the Coyotes after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, and the Coyotes missed his physical presence and forechecking skill. If Doan isn’t in the lineup, the pendulum switches over to Detroit’s side, even though the Coyotes will be favored at home. The Red Wings know what they need to do, as they’re an experienced bunch in front of a rookie goaltender, and we’re banking on that experience to carry them to a sport betting win.

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