Anaheim Ducks (12-8-4) at Edmonton Oilers (13-10-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 3, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -115 / Anaheim Ducks +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Anaheim Ducks look to continue their dominance over the Pacific division as they head into Rogers Place to face off with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Ducks have had their way with divisional foes over the last season plus as they are 40-16 in their last 56 against the Pacific division and they can add to that on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Anaheim came into the season flying under the radar a little bit as a handful of teams in the Western Conference are seen as being a bigger threat to win the Cup than they are but this team is very deep up top and has a handful of game changers that can rival any tandem of players in the league. John Gibson is expected to get the start in the Ducks crease tonight as he will be rivaled by Cam Talbot who is off to a nice start in his second full season as the Edmonton Oilers net minder.
The Oilers meanwhile are coming off a victory in their last outing as they doubled up the Winnipeg Jets by a 6-3 final at the MTS Centre and now return home looking for a similar result against the Ducks. Edmonton has been a bit streaky this season as they started out of the gate as one of the league’s best teams, but have since cooled off and have fallen lost some ground on the rest of the pack in the divisional race but they are a very exciting team to watch and should be in the playoff picture all season long. Edmonton will look for another exceptional outing from Connor McDavid as his speed and hands are ridiculous and against a big and physical team like Anaheim I think they might have their hands full.
The Ducks are 36-17 in their last 53 Saturday games and 36-16 in their last 52 against the West while the Oilers are 1-5 in their last six home games and 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win. Edmonton looked great against Winnipeg and are due for a breakout game at home and I think it happens here against the Ducks.