Edmonton Oilers (7-15-5) at Anaheim Ducks (18-6-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 10, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -236 / Edmonton Oilers +213 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers face off against another California foe on Wednesday night as they travel from San Jose to Anaheim to play the Ducks.
The Oilers play their second game in as many nights on Wednesday as they take on one of the best teams in the NHL in the Anaheim Ducks less than 24 hours after a show down with the San Jose Sharks. At the time of writing the Oilers trail the Sharks by a 3-2 wcore in the second period as they look to sweep the home and home set after winning on Sunday in Edmonton but regardless of the result they will have to give a full effort here against Anaheim who thrives in these situations against lesser opponents. Edmonton will however have Viktor Fasth starting in net as he takes on his former team so they could have an added sense of motivation to play well in front of their goaltender but against a Ducks team that sits in first place in the entire league and has won four straight the Oilers know it'll be a tough task.
Anaheim stocked up in the offseason after a disappointing loss in the Western Conference semi-finals last year as they traded for highly sought after centre Ryan Kesler to go with an already impressive group of forwards and as such they are a Cup favourite this season. The Ducks are 18-6-5 so far this season and are a very impressive 9-3-3 at home which doesn't bode well for the Oilers here as they are a paltry 2-6-4 on the road excluding last night and the California road trips are never easy but especially so when you're struggling and have to play three of the best teams in the league in a tight window. The Ducks should steamroll Edmonton on paper here and you'd like to take a swing with the puck line or regulation play that would give some of the juice back or maybe parlay with an game total as I think this will stay under the number with Fasth playing well and giving Edmonton a glimmer of hope.