Our NHL betting consultant has gone a superb 26-15 during these 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He’ll be providing us with a betting preview article in Game 4 and sharing his NHL pick on the total.
NHL Western Conference Final Game 4
Chicago will entertain Anaheim on Saturday at 8:05 PM ET. This will be Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in which Anaheim holds a 2-1 series lead. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, Chicago is a -150 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0.
Recent head to Head History
Counting the regular season, this will be the seventh meeting of the year between these clubs. They’ve gone 4-0-2 under the total in the first six. Since the start of the 2012-2013 NHL campaign, the games between these clubs are 8-2-2 under the total, and that includes 5-1 under at the United Center in Chicago. The Ducks have also won five of those six games played in “The Windy City”.
Red Hot Goaltenders
Corey Crawford has been stellar in goal for Chicago during his previous four starts, compiling a very good .934 save percentage, and has made an average of 36 saves per game during the Western Conference Finals.
The Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen has been nothing short of spectacular in his last four starts. During that time he’s posted a stellar .949 save percentage. Andersen has averaged 37.3 saves per game during his three starts in this Western Conference Finals series.
Despite the plethora of offensive talent on each of these rosters, and the high scoring games both clubs were involved in each of their first two rounds of the playoffs, the low scoring affairs in contests against each other in recent years has continued. This will be a pivotal game in this series, considering there’s a huge difference between being deadlocked at two games apiece, and Anaheim having a commanding 3-1 lead before heading back home. I look for both goaltenders continuing to be sharp, and a tight checking low scoring contest once again taking place. One of my NHL picks will be indicative of those predictions.
NHL Pick: Play on Anaheim and Chicago to go Under 5.0 at 5Dimes.