Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/3/14
Edmonton Oilers (13-24-5) at Anaheim Ducks (29-8-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -215 / Edmonton Oilers +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Honda Center in Anaheim will be rocking on Friday night in support of the Ducks when the Pacific Division rival Edmonton Oilers come to town.
In Edmonton’s first visit to Anaheim this season, back in mid December, the Ducks bested the Oilers 3-2. Now, the Oilers will have to take on the leagues best home team after getting routed last night in San Jose by a score of 5-1. Devan Dubnyk was between the pipes versus the Sharks, who scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, which put the game out of reach for the last place Oilers. Nail Yakupov added a late second period goal for Edmonton to prevent the shutout. The Oilers have just two wins the last eleven games, and have lost both divisional games on this current three game road trip that wraps up on Friday night.
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Anaheim is trending in the complete opposite way with 11 wins in its last 12 games, which includes victories over some of the Western Conference kingpins including Chicago, St. Louis, and San Jose. Much of the Anaheim success comes from the great play of Ryan Getzlaf and Corry Perry, who have 47 and 43 points, respectively. Getzlaf’s 47 points is good enough to rank him third in the NHL. Despite having 18 wins on the season, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller ranks near the bottom of the NHL in both GAA and save percentage.
The Oilers are just 1-4 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Anaheim and just 8-20 in the last 28 meetings overall. The Ducks are undefeated at the Honda Center this season in 17 games. After an embarrassing defeat in San Jose on the front end of a back-to-back, I think that the Oilers will be looking forward to getting back to Edmonton. The Ducks have covered the puck line in five of the last 11 games, which means the team is playing well on both ends. Anaheim is a great home team, and I think there is a good possibility the Ducks hand the Oilers a second straight puck line defeat.