Anaheim Ducks NHL Playoffs Second Round Betting Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on April 25, 2017 in

One of the more intriguing matchups in the NHL playoffs is one of the Western Conference semifinal series, as the Edmonton Oilers tangle with the Anaheim Ducks. The two teams battled down to the wire for the Pacific Division title, with the Ducks winning by just two points. The Ducks have the edge in postseason experience, as they are regular playoff qualifiers and were just a win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup last season. The Oilers have not been in the postseason since 2006 but dispatched the San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2 in their opening round. They face a Duck team that swept the Calgary Flames in four games and has gone 18 straight games without a regulation loss. Let’s see if they have the edge in the NHL odds.

Anaheim Ducks NHL Playoffs Second Round Betting Prediction

A close rivalry

As close as the Ducks and Oilers finished in the standings, they finished razor-thin in head-to- head standings as well, as the Ducks finished with a 2-1- 2 record against the Oil in the regular season. The last meeting, back on April 1, went to Edmonton in overtime up in Canada. Anaheim won the last time the two teams tangled in Southern California, 4-3 on March 22. An interesting fact, though, is that Ducks starting goalie John Gibson has not beaten Edmonton since November 15, 2016.

The return of Cam Fowler

The Anaheim Ducks’ best defenseman, Cam Fowler, hasn’t played since April 4 has he has been recovering from a knee injury. However, he skated at practice on Sunday and is slated to return during this series, although he may not start Game 1. Sami Vatanen is another one of the Ducks’ best four blueliners, and he missed Games 2 through 4 of the Calgary series with an upper-body injury, but he could start on Wednesday. That will give the Ducks more insurance against an Edmonton team that flies around the rink.

A tale of two goalies

Cam Talbot posted a .927 save percentage in the first round; Gibson posted a .926. Gibson didn’t take a single loss, while Talbot took two, including a 7-0 laugher at the hands of the Sharks. If you take that game out, though, Talbot’s numbers look much better than Gibson’s. The upshot is that both teams have netminders that are focused right now and should deliver solid games for their teams.

This is a margin between two teams that are a whisper apart from one another. On the basis of that postseason experience and the hunger that comes from being a win away from the Cup last year, I see Anaheim in seven.