Back Ducks +100 & Over As NHL Picks When They Visit Predators

Dana Lane

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 4:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016 4:00 PM UTC

Can the Anaheim Ducks find enough offense to win a game on the road against the upset minded Predators? Join us in this betting preview and walk away with a couple of profitable NHL Picks.

The Anaheim Ducks finished the regular season winning 29 of their last 29 games but tonight's game might be the biggest.  Down 2-0 to the West' seventh seed isn't exactly what Bruce Boudreau had envisioned for his Pacific Division champions. In order to pick up their first victory they must do it at the Bridgestone Arena where the Predators are 23-11-7 during the regular season. 

Defense has always been what the Ducks have relied on to come back from a 16 point deficit to claim their division title but it was Nashville who seemed to get the better of the scoring opportunities.  

Before we jump on the Predators bandwagon this really comes down to if I think the Ducks will be able to create more quality scoring chances than they did in game two.  Much has been made about how well Pekka Rinne has played but I'm still saying how do we know how well he's played because I've yet to see him tested.  We tend to only remember what we just saw and then react to that when we put our money down.  I have always felt that Rinne was a bit overrated.  I've never viewed him as a goaltender that will steal games.  His 17-19 playoff record which was 15-19 heading into this series has never shocked me because he's always been a guy who needed to face a minimum amount of shots to be successful. This season Rinne has averaged just 23 saves per game.  

Nashville is really what the Ducks need to be a sound defensive team with just a little more offense and speed.  The lack of team speed became evident to me late in the season against teams that had nothing to play for.  Against Winnipeg they were clearly the slower of the two with the difference even more glaring in this series. 

Nashville is beating Anaheim at their own game.  The Ducks generate much of their offense off of the power play which is ranked first along with their penalty kill.  The difference in this series is both teams have a power play goal but Nashville has had eight chances to Anaheim's five which seems even but remember when you're killing off penalties you're taking away potential offensive chances.  Allowing five power plays in game two is the reason the Ducks lost.  When you struggle to score you need as much five on five or power play time as you can get.  By losing the special teams battle you are choking the life out of your chances.  

John Gibson has to play better for Anaheim.  If the Ducks wont score in front of him then it's up to him to win games.  Gibson owns a 3.08 goals against average through two games and his save percentage in a below average 90%. 

So let's do this against my better judgment, The NHL Pick goes to the Ducks at +101 to get this game and play 'over' the total of 5 on the NHL Odds. One last chance that the Ducks and their offense show up.

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NHL Pick:  Ducks +100 & Over 5 -105
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline & Heritage


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