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Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Series Matchup Odds

Perhaps most surprising of all Stanley Cup odds posted on this series is the 3.5 total points over under for Michael Cammalleri.

The Montreal winger was dynamite in the playoffs last year and to think he might get less than four points in a seven-game series seems like a lock for betting the over 3.5. But there is Tim Thomas in the Boston net so 3.5 goals might be the entire Montreal total for the series.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Odds

Sidney Crosby still might not play because of lingering concussions symptoms, but oddsmakers are so scared of the league’s best player that they posted Stanley Cup MVP odds on him anyway (25/1).

Pittsburgh opened as -170 favorites against the Lightning in the 4 vs 5 seedings here in the NHL playoffs. The Penguins however are missing Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and have been relying on yeomen work and surprising scoring from the entire roster.

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San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings Playoff Betting

San Jose has entered recent playoff season as the favorite pick to win the Cup, but this year is different and oddsmakers are wary of them.

San Jose has been improving all season and getting solid goaltending lately. Many have bet them the Sharks earlier in the season when their Stanley Cup future odds were 20/1 or higher. Now as the 2 seed, they are dangerous and should be able to handle undermanned Los Angeles in the first round.

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Detroit Red Wings vs Phoenix Coyotes Playoff Betting Odds

This was a seven-game war last season but oddsmakers figure the Red Wings will get the job done faster in 2011.

A Detroit sweep over Phoenix would only pay out at 7/1 odds, and they seem primed to advance here with their balance of young and experience.
 
Detroit is -200, meaning a $200 wager to make a $100 profit, while the Desert Dogs are a +170 moneyline underdog. That means a $100 stake returns $170 in profit for the series upset.

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