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Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Series Betting Tips

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Series Betting Tips
The Oilers relish playing the role of underdog, but things are about to get a little more difficult as the club prepares to face the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks in a series that kicks off on Wednesday night at the Honda Center.

By Angelo Montilla

Anaheim Ducks (-130) vs. Edmonton Oilers (+110)

Ducks

The Ducks dominated their first-round series, sweeping the Calgary Flames, and head into their Western Conference semfinal as -130 favorites. Connor McDavid and the Oilers are coming off a huge victory over the San Jose Sharks and enter their second-round series as compelling +110 underdogs.

The high-scoring Oilers weren’t able to impose their will offensively in the opening round, and the young club can expect much of the same against the Ducks, who have allowed just 2.25 goals per game.

The Oilers have held their own in the head-to-head battle over the last 10 meetings against the Ducks, winning six of those contests. The task at hand for this youthful Oilers roster will be having to deal with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, who brings a wealth of playoff experience and a Stanley Cup championship to the table. He almost single handedly beat Calgary offensively. 

Getzlaf has been spectacular through four games, netting three goals and two assists heading into their highly anticipated matchup against the Oilers. What makes the Ducks even more dangerous is the club’s ability to win a high rate of faceoffs, especially in key moments of a game. Getzlaf leads that charge with a faceoff percentage of 55.7 percent. 

 

Ducks Oilers odds

McDavid is getting his first taste of playoff hockey and hasn’t disappointed to this point. The 2015 first-overall draft pick has four points in six games heading into the Western Conference semifinal.

The series gets underway on Wednesday night, with the Ducks holding home-ice advantage as the Pacific Division champions. 

Bovada is already offering several intriguing Game 1 props, including a +250 line that both the Ducks and Oilers will score in the opening period. If you want to put a wager on the margin of victory in the series opener, consider taking Bovada’s +360 line that the Ducks will skate away with a three-goal victory.

Keep in mind Anaheim ended its series against the Calgary Flames in four games and have been well rested ever since. The Oilers may be caught a little flat-footed in the opener, and remember, Edmonton did lose 7-0 to the Sharks in Game 4 of the first round.

Overall, this is another series that could go the distance, especially if the Oilers can steal one of the first two games of the best-of-seven matchup. However the Ducks boast too much experience and depth for these Oilers to handle. Take the Ducks in six games.

Pick: Anaheim Ducks (-130) 

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