Around the rink: Friday's NHL betting notes

Feb 22, 2013 |
Marian Hossa is on the mend after taking a hit to the head Tuesday.
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Marian Hossa is on the mend after taking a hit to the head Tuesday.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Take a look at our quick-hitting betting notes for all three games on the NHL schedule Friday.

Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins (-227, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jacob Markstrom (FLA), Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

Captain Sidney Crosby has turned it on in February, and so have the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby enters Friday's home meeting with the Panthers having recorded 18 points in 10 games during the month. The Penguins have won eight of their last 11, starting with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers on Jan. 31. Florida ended its five-game winless streak by beating Philadelphia 5-2 on Thursday, earning its first victory in regulation since Feb. 3. Pittsburgh has taken seven of its last eight meetings with Florida, including two shootout victories.

Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators (-104, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Roberto Luongo (VAN), Pekka Rinne (NSH)

The Vancouver Canucks continue their four-game road trip Friday, when they take on the Nashville Predators. Vancouver improved to 7-1-3 in its last 11 games with a 4-3 triumph over the Stars in Dallas on Thursday. Nashville has gone beyond regulation an NHL-leading nine times. It is 2-1 in overtime and 2-4 in shootouts. Predators’ netminder Pekka Rinne is 7-1-1 with three shutouts and a 1.13 goals-against average in his last 10 appearances. The Canucks are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Nashville.

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks (-138, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ), Ray Emery (CHI)

Chicago currently shares the mark for the most games without a regulation loss to start a season with the Anaheim Ducks, who began their 2006-07 championship season with a 12-0-4 record. Dating back to the 2011-12 regular season, the Blackhawks have gone 22 consecutive games without a regulation loss (16-0-6). Winger Marian Hossa (head) practiced Thursday and expects to play tonight. The Sharks have been outscored 9-4 in two losses to the Blackhawks earlier this month. The under is 7-1-1 in Chicago’s last nine home games.
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