Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks – Honda Center at 03:00
Another NHL Handicap Betting preview to showcase as we approach the final day of the conference semi-finals. There are two game 7’s occuring tonight: The Pittsburgh-Washington series and the Oilers-Ducks Pacific clash in the west. Edmonton made light work of Anaheim on home ice two days ago. The game was virtually over in the first period when the Oilers raced to a 5-0 lead.
Momentum in Oil Country
Since I last covered this series the roles have reversed. Following their demolition of the Ducks, the Edmonton Oilers will be the ones heading into this game more confident. It would be quite some achievement from the players and coaching staff if the franchise were to make it to the conference finals. In fact, the last time the Oilers were in the playoffs (11 years ago) they made it to the Stanley Cup finals, only to be defeated by Carolina in 7.
Despite their rampant display in the last meeting, not all players have been firing on all cylinders for Edmonton in the postseason. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle have failed to score in 12 games. They have registered 52 shots on goal between themselves in the process. The latter is more surprising as Eberle is one of Edmonton’s potent goalscoring threats. He scored 34 goals in his sophomore year in the NHL (2011-12). The 2008 first round pick hasn’t been close to those numbers in recent years as he tallied 20 this season.
Will the Ducks put on a show?
The Anaheim Ducks are one win away from reaching their second conference finals in three years. Quite an achievement, however the opportunity for players such as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to get another Stanley Cup is waning. The previous has had a splendid postseason with 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 10 games. Both players alongside fellow forward Ryan Kesler are in their early 30s. Nevertheless unlike the aforementioned duo, Kesler has yet to achieve Lord Stanley’s mug.
Anaheim’s frame of mind will be tested in the early stages and could prove pivotal to the outcome of the game should they begin in a sluggish and nervous manner. Notwithstanding, the Ducks did win the last game at The Pond, albeit it took 2 OT to get the W.
This series has been as unorthodox as it can get, with both teams winning their first two games on the road and getting their third on home ice. Like the Pens-Caps series in the east, it has been a spectacle to the neutral. Howbeit if I had to back a side to progress to the final, I’ll pick Edmonton. I quite fancy their chances as for me personally they have been the better of the two teams. Should they win it would also resort back to the uncommon theme that has developed during this series.
Handicap Betting Recommendation: Edmonton Oilers +/-0 at 2.08 and over 2 goals in the second period at 2.38
Prices correct at time of writing
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