Edmonton Oilers (51-27-10) at Anaheim Ducks (50-23-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 26, 2017, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Anaheim Ducks -140 / Edmonton Oilers +120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Wednesday night as they begin their Pacific division championship series.
The Oilers continue their quest for a Western Conference title as they stay in California to begin their semi-final series with the Anaheim Ducks after ridding of the defending West champions from San Jose in six games last week. Edmonton has really turned a corner this season and have ended a lengthy playoff drought that extended all the way back to their Cup run in 2006 but now their expectations have shifted from a playoff team to a potential Stanley Cup winner as they are now in the final eight and take on a Ducks side who they match up with pretty well. Edmonton has ridden the goaltending of Cam Talbot who was recently snubbed as he was left off the Vezina ballot as the league’s best shot stopper, but with even more incentive and a strong defensive effort aside from a 7-0 drubbing against the Sharks has this Oilers team looking like a real threat to win this series.
The Ducks meanwhile made quick work of the Calgary Flames in round one and while their four game sweep was much closer than the line indicates, the bottom line remains that they have yet to lose a game in these playoffs and don’t intend to start on this night. The Ducks have been the league’s hottest team dating back to the end of the regular season as they are 15-2 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 13-3 in their last 16 games following a win. Anaheim came into the season expecting to compete for a league title and while they got off to a bit of a slow start they have rebounded nicely, they won the Pacific division, and now have home ice advantage against an Oilers side that has a ton of talent but is still very young and doesn’t have a lot of playoff experience.
The Oilers have won their last four Conference semi-final games and are 16-5 in their last 21 games overall while the Ducks are 20-7 in their last 27 overall and 16-5 in their last 21 home games. Edmonton lost their series opener to the Sharks and I think they suffer the same fate here as Anaheim is on fire right now and their winning ways continues for at least one night.