Edmonton Oilers (53-28-11) at Anaheim Ducks (52-25-13)
|Date & Time||Friday May 5, 2017, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -140 / Edmonton Oilers +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Friday night as they play in game five of their Pacific division championship series.
The Oilers continue their quest for a Western Conference title and will be out to end their two game slide as they head back to Anaheim on Friday in what has become a best of three series against the Ducks with a spot in the Western Conference final at stake. 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 but after earning a quick 2-0 series lead on the road, Edmonton lost both games at home and failed to push the Ducks to the brink of elimination despite having a healthy lead in a pivotal game four overtime loss. Cam Talbot will look to be sharp once again as he will have to outduel John Gibson who has been very good for the Ducks in back to back wins.
The Ducks meanwhile made quick work of the Calgary Flames in the opening round before dropping both games at home to start the series with the Oilers, but they are right back in the driver’s seat and are riding momentum heading into tonight’s game five. 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 are two wins away from advancing to the Western Conference final where the Blues or Predators will be awaiting.
The Oilers are 18-6 in their last 24 overall and 2-8 in their last 10 Friday games while the Ducks 20-8 in their last 28 against the Western Conference and 17-4 in their last 21 against a team with a winning record. Edmonton has lost back to back games and I think that trend continues as the Ducks get their first home win of the series and send this back to Edmonton up 3-2.