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Gibson Has Been the Difference in Ducks-Oilers Series

The Ducks will look for the first home win of the best-of-seven this evening, and the advantage in the series, when they host the Oilers as moneyline favorites. The underdog is 4-0 so far in this one but the Ducks have really been the better team for long stretches. They’ve outshot the Oilers in every game and have gotten the much more consistent goaltending.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of the 4 games in this series.
  • The Ducks are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home after losing their most recent home game.
  • Cam Talbot has a save percentage of just .851 in the Oilers’ last 2 games.

If the Oilers are to send this thing back to Oil country with the lead, Cam Talbot has to be better. It really is as simple as that. When Talbot is good, the Oilers win and when he’s not, they lose. Edmonton is 0-3 straight up this postseason when their No. 1 netminder posts a save percentage under .900 and 6-1 SU when he stops more than 90 percent of the shots he sees.

So, can he keep the Oilers in the game tonight? That’s the real question here. Talbot made five starts against the Ducks in the regular season and he posted a .902 save percentage in those appearances – not great. Anaheim seems to have Cam’s number and now that he’s made 83 starts since the beginning of the regular season, it’s tough to see that trend changing.

I expect the Ducks to get up early in this contest and, with a more than capable set of forwards led by the magical Connor McDavid, the Oilers should be able to battle back. This game should easily go OVER and, really, the Ducks could get there themselves.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

NHL Hockey odds makers at Bovada had the Anaheim Ducks as -140 moneyline favorites in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 2.9-2.8 result in favor of the Oilers today. 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 Anaheim Ducks bring a 52-25-13 record to the battle against the 53-28-11 Oilers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Anaheim go 32-38-20 so far and the Oilers go 37-46-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Anaheim vs Edmonton injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Anaheim Ducks) and the No. 2 (Edmonton Oilers) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Anaheim's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 2.79 goals per game, against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.61 goals allowed. The Ducks power play is averaging 18.37% while the Oilers defense kills off 81.06% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games
  • Edmonton is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Anaheim is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim's last 6 games
  • Anaheim is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Edmonton home to Anaheim, Sunday, May 7th

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