Edmonton Oilers (26-15-8) at Anaheim Ducks (27-14-9)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 25, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -136 / Edmonton Oilers +123 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in a Pacific division show down at the Honda Center on Wednesday evening.
The Oilers look to stay red hot and grab a big road win against the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday in a matchup of two teams vying for top spot in the Pacific division in what could be a potential first round playoff matchup. The Oilers have really turned a corner this season as they finally look poised to snap out of their lengthy playoff funk and a win on the road against a very good Ducks team who currently holds top spot in the division would be a big statement for them and a nice piece to hang onto moving forward. The Oilers have won nine straight games playing on Wednesday and have won five of their last six games overall including a 7-3 drubbing of their arch rivals over the weekend but they will be in tough against a Ducks side who is also red hot and Edmonton has struggled against teams who are very tough on home ice.
The Ducks grabbed a big road win against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night and return home for another Canadian team show down against their division rivals in what should be a highly entertaining contest. Anaheim will likely go back with John Gibson after Jonathan Bernier got the call against the Jets and he will face off against Cam Talbot who has been a work horse in the Edmonton crease this season and he will continue to do so as long as he can stay healthy as he is far and away the best option on the roster for a team that is starving for a legitimate number one goaltender who can be a difference maker on a nightly basis. Anaheim has dominated the Pacific division of late as they are 51-23 in their last 74 contests and they are in good shape to add to it on this night.
The Oilers are 2-8 in their last 10 when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game and 46-127 in their last 173 against divisional foes while the Ducks are 6-1 in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record and 10-3 in their last 13 home games. This is a tough one to call as the Oilers are a nice story and continue to defy the odds but they run into a tough Ducks side here that should be ready to make a statement of their own and I think they do.