Game 7 NHL Betting Preview: Oilers vs Ducks

Edmonton oilers

Dana Lane

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 1:53 PM UTC

The Oilers carry a huge amount of momentum into tonight’s elimination game against the Anaheim Ducks who are looking for a measure of revenge after an embarrassing game six loss.  NHL analyst Dana Lane is zeroed in on game 7's ‘total’.

Final Regular Season NHL Selection Record: 87-73   .544  +16.95 units

Postseason Record:  12-11   .522 +4.31   units

Overall: 99-84  .544 +21.26 units


When betting on the total in this match-up I feel very comfortable jumping on the ‘over’, mostly because I trust the Edmonton offensive depth. The second and fourth Oilers lines produced seven goals to go along with seven assist in game, led by second line center Leon Draisaitl’s 3 goals and 2 assist.

You have to give Head Coach Todd McLellan much of the credit when he broke up the Connor McDavid and Draisaitl combination to spread out the scoring more. McDavid seems to actually have more chances when he leads his own line a point the numbers bear out.  After the spilt, McDavid has averaged 5.1 offensive chances per game compared to 4.9 on the same line with Draisaitl. 

For the Ducks, Rickard Rakell scored a goal for the fourth consecutive gamewhile Corey Perry has a point scoring streak of three games after notching an assist in game six. Offense or at least offensive chances will be plentiful in game 7, especially when you factor in injuries which always play a part when betting 'totals'. 

For the Ducks, Patrick Eaves was spotted on crutches after a foot injury; his status is still up in the air but if he doesn’t play this will be his fourth straight game missed. 

Kevin Bieksa will be a game-time decision after a game one injury. Bieksa has been skating but we’ll probably have to wait until practice Wednesday morning to get some clarity on his availability. 

Whenever there is a shift to a line line that means there’s a change in what players are normally asked to do.  If they were the best option at their new job they would've been put there in the first place. Prime example, the 21:00 minutes Brandon Montour played in game 6 was more than he's been asked to contribute at any point during the regular season.  At the end of march Montour was getting 13-14 minutes a game.

With the Oilers as sharp as they’ve been at any point offensively and a few changes for the Ducks defensively, I’m backing this game to go over at a plus price. 

Also, keep checking SBR's NHL Odds page for the best available number on tonight’s play.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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