Ducks facing must-win situation against Oilers
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
The Edmonton Oilers are in a fantastic position heading back home for Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against the Anaheim Ducks.
Up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, the Oilers can take a stranglehold on Sunday when they host the Ducks at Rogers Place. Now in the driver’s seat, Edmonton enter action on Sunday as -135 favorites against a Ducks team that was expected to push the young Oilers around.
It’s been the complete opposite as Edmonton’s been the more physical team — also getting timely goals from unexpected players in the early stages of the series.
The Oilers are allowing just 2.25 goals against per game, and while the club’s defense has been much improved, the real story so far has been the play of goaltender Cam Talbot.
However, the Ducks still boast one of the best offensive lineups, averaging three goals per game in these playoffs.
The opening match of the series produced eight goals, while Game 2 totalled just three. What will the third contest have in store on Sunday? With a total goals projection of 5, take the over with the Ducks finally getting a much-needed victory.
Pick: Anaheim Ducks (+115) and the over (5)
Just as suspected, the series between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues has been a tight-checking affair with both teams earning a victory in the opening two games.
The Blues will attempt to ride their momentum wave into the Music City on Sunday afternoon when they face the -145 Predators at Bridgestone Arena. St. Louis — intriguing +125 underdogs — have yet to lose a game during the playoffs, winning three road contests in the opening round.
The Preds have turned many heads — not just for sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round but also for their offensive play so far. The club is scoring a second-best 3.17 goals per game. Preds’ netminder Pekke Rinne has been a freak, posting a remarkable 1.44 goals-against average.
The head-to-head matchup over 10 games has been split down the middle with each club winning five games apiece — another sign this series will go right down to the wire.
As for Sunday’s game, keep in mind only three times in 10 meetings have the Blues and Preds combined to go over the projected goals total.
The Predators have relished the role of being the favorites and the club will be glad to be home, where its posted a 26-9-8 overall record this season.
Pick: Nashville Predators (-145) and the under (5)