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An Unlikely Hero is the Key to Ducks' Success in Round 2

Dousing the Flames in just four games, the Ducks have had some extra time to heal up and get ready for their second-round series with Connor McDavid, Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers. For Anaheim’s sake, I hope Randy Carlyle got out the dish soap and scrubbed the oil out of the Ducks’ feathers after a regular season that saw the Oilers take three of the five matchups between these teams.

SHARK BITES
  • The Ducks have won 8 consecutive games, allowing just 2 goals per game in those contests.
  • The Oilers are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road against the Ducks.
  • The Ducks have posted 4 OVERs in their 16 home games played vs the Pacific Division this season.

This is low-key one of the best series of the second round. The individual matchups are incredibly intriguing and one in particular – Connor McDavid vs Ryan Kesler – could tell the story of the series once it’s all done and dusted. If Kesler does a good job shutting the superstar down, the Ducks’ depth can help keep everyone else in check. If he fails, however, the entire system blows up and McDavid single-handedly spanks the quack attack.

Another interesting matchup is the one between Cam Talbot and fatigue. He’s made a total of 79 starts since the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign and it showed in Games 4 and 5 of the Oilers’ Round 1 contests in which he allowed a total of eight goals. Anaheim tends to limit other teams’ scoring chances so if Talbot lets in some weak ones, Edmonton could struggle to make up the deficit on the other end.

All said, I like the Ducks in Game 1 and I also like the UNDER 5. Both plays will require you to lay some chalk so if you’re confident, maybe try a parlay of the two picks. The best (and worst) part of this series, if you’re living on the East Coast, is that you won’t have to sweat this bet out – the game’s on too late to watch the whole thing anyway.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Anaheim Ducks in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -140 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Wednesday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.6-1.8 win for the Ducks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Edmonton Oilers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 51-27-10 this season, while the Ducks are 50-23-13. Edmonton is 34-45-9 on the totals; Anaheim is 29-37-20. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Anaheim vs Edmonton injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 9-rated Anaheim Ducks and the No. 2-ranked Edmonton Oilers, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Anaheim Ducks No. 15-ranked offense (2.76 goals per game) against a Edmonton Oilers defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.57 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 18.66% rate while the Oilers have a 80.72% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Oilers were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got Edmonton at +124 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Anaheim, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Flames on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at +110 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Edmonton is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Edmonton is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games when playing Anaheim
  • Anaheim is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Anaheim is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Anaheim is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Anaheim is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing Edmonton

Next Betting Matchups

Edmonton at Anaheim, Friday, April 28th

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