Edmonton Oilers (54-28-12) at Anaheim Ducks (53-26-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 10, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Anaheim Ducks -120 / Edmonton Oilers +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Wednesday night in a do or die game seven at the Honda Center.
The Oilers look to build on their remarkable game six victory in which they blew the Ducks out of Rogers Place to the tune of a 7-1 final behind a five goal opening period that spearheaded the effort and led to tonight’s deciding game seven. Edmonton lost a heartbreaker on the road in game five in a spot where they led by a 3-0 score line late in the third period but perhaps that result led to the resolve and urgency this team had coming back home and they should not be written off in any regard here as they take on the Ducks with the winner setting up a Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators. Cam Talbot will need a big effort and he has had many in these playoffs as he will face off against John Gibson who was yanked after giving up three goals on six shots in game six but will be in the crease to start in this one.
The Ducks meanwhile look to avoid back to back losses for the second time in this series as they spotted the Oilers a 2-0 series advantage after the first stretch of games at the Honda Center before storming back with three straight victories to take a temporary series edge. Anaheim has ridden the physical and emotional play of their captain Ryan Getzlaf and if this team gets through Wednesday’s game and into the league’s final four he will certainly be in the mix for the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP as they would be lost without him and owe much of their success to his play thus far. However, Anaheim has a wealth of depth in the attacking zone and if they wear down the Oilers defense this could be a statement win for the Ducks. On the other side, Edmonton has so much team speed and are getting big efforts from guys like Leon Draisaitl and they will be full of confidence after game six.
The Oilers are 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall while the Ducks are 13-3 in their last 16 following a loss of three or more and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. This one has the makings of a classic and while the Ducks are getting good value as a light home favourite I think the Oilers have been the better team in this series and they prove it with a massive win on the road.