Edmonton at Anaheim NHL Playoffs Betting Lines & Game Info

Posted by Aaron . on April 25, 2017 in

The Edmonton Oilers visit the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. The Oilers dispatched the San Jose Sharks in the first round, recovering from a 7-0 rout in Game 4 to win the last two games and prevail in six. The Ducks swept the Calgary Flames in the first round, giving them an 18-game streak in which they have not lost in regulation (15-0- 3), making them the hottest team in hockey. Let’s take a look at the latest NHL lines for the game.

Edmonton at Anaheim NHL Playoffs Betting Lines & Game Info

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10:30pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
TV: NBC Sports
Radio: Edmonton / Anaheim
Stream Option: NHL.tv
NHL Odds: Ducks at -1½

Why should you bet on the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers have put out the dumpster fire that was their team just two seasons ago and become a real contender, thanks to an emphasis on defense and a commitment from their forwards to play at both ends of the ice. The fact that captain Connor McDavid posted just a single point at even strength in the opening round against San Jose, but the Oilers still advanced in six, is a positive sign. Goalie Cam Talbot put up a .927 save percentage in that opening round — including that 7-0 rout. In the other games, Talbot was fantastic, bailing out the defense in the rare instance of a mistake.

Why should you put your money on the Ducks?

As solid as Talbot was for the Oil, John Gibson comported himself nicely in net for the Ducks as well, putting up an almost identical .926 save percentage. They were a game away from hoisting the Cup last year, and they are hungry again this year. As much press as McDavid gets for Edmonton, the Ducks have Ryan Kesler, a talented scorer in his own right who will torch the Oilers if they make mistakes with the puck.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the transformation that has taken place in Edmonton the past two seasons, but the Oilers haven’t caught the Ducks just yet, at least not on the road. I predict a 3-2 Duck victory.