Edmonton Oilers (23-40-13) at Anaheim Ducks (49-22-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 1, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -315 / Edmonton Oilers +277 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Anaheim Ducks are looking to move a step closer to a potential President’s Trophy, and they’re hoping that the goaltending they’ve gotten recently will lead them year.
Just about a week ago it looked like the Ducks were really going to need to be worried about their goaltending tandem heading into the playoffs. These last three games however the club has gotten some excellent play from Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau is still waiting for one of these players to truly separate themselves from the other, but if he can get some consistency out of both of them like this it will make things easier as well.
Andersen started in Boston and made some big saves to keep the Ducks in the game and allow them to battle back late and win in overtime. Andersen was also in net for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday, a day before John Gibson started in New Jersey and held the Devils to one goal on 27 shots
Gibson didn’t allow any goals until the Devils found a way to score with under four minutes remaining in regulation.
Ryan Kesler scored his 20th goal of the season in the first period and Francois Beauchemin scored his 10th early in the third to lift Anaheim to the 2-1 win.
It’s going to come down to the wire for the President’s Trophy but more important than winning that is the Ducks feeling confident that their goaltenders will be able to rise to the occasion come playoff time.
Wednesday night the Ducks will host an Edmonton Oilers club that has miraculously won three straight games.
A winning streak like this almost doesn’t seem believable for one of the most inconsistent teams in the National Hockey League, but the Oilers have looked good of late.
Edmonton has out scored their opponents 12-4 over the last three games and Monday night in Colorado they got the best of the Avalanche again.
Brandon Davidson scored his first goal of the season in the first period, and Justin Schultz broke a 1-1 tie in the second with his sixth goal of the year and the game winner.
Nikita Nikitin and Taylor Hall each scored empty net goals in the third period to lift Edmonton to the 4-1 win.
Now the Oilers will have to step up in competition when they had into the Honda Center on Wednesday night to take on the Ducks. Anaheim is an overwhelming favorite and though they should be able to handle the Oilers easily this is also one of those games they could play down to the opposition.