Rally Falls Short in Series Opener
The Ducks host the Stars on Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the opening face-off slated for 10:05 PM ET. This will be the 2nd game in the Western Conference Quarterfinals best-of-7 series with Anaheim holding a 1-0 lead. The Ducks won the series opener on Wednesday evening 4-3. These teams have now seen 14 of their last 19-games played at Anaheim go over the total. According to NHL betting odds the Ducks are a -195 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5.
Great Series Star for the Ducks
Anytime you win the series opener there’s not a lot of negatives that come with the result. In the Ducks case the only concern is the fact they allowed the Stars to have a pulse after jumping out to a 4-0 lead. The Stars responded with 3 unanswered goals to close to within 4-3 but were unable to complete the comeback. The Anaheim rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 35 Dallas shots on goal, and seemed to justify Bruce Boudreau’s gutsy decision to give him that starting nod. Andersen is now an outstanding 21-5 in 26 starts this season with a stellar .923 save percentage. Ryan Getlaf led the way in the series opener for the Ducks contributing 1-goal and 1-assist. The other Ducks top gun Corey Perry added an assist and was a force accumulating 6 shots on goal. Anaheim has now seen 8 of their last 11-games go over the total.
Showed Heat and Resiliency
It would’ve been very easy for the Stars to fold their tent after being overwhelmed by the Ducks early onslaught on Wednesday. However, they continued to work hard and chip away at a 4-goal deficit before seeing their rally come up just short. If for nothing else, they certainly provided themselves momentum heading into Game 2. The Stars received a goal apiece in the opener of the series from their two leading scorers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Both players also led the Stars with 5 shots on goal apiece as well. Dallas has now seen 5 of their last 6-games go over the total versus an opponent with a winning record.
The old adage in boxing is that styles dictate the type of fight we will see. That analogy can be applied to these teams with the exception of replacing the term fight with game. Anaheim is the highest scoring team in the NHL, and Dallas has its share of firepower as well. These clubs both had 35-shots on goal apiece in the series opener, and we can expect to see another entertaining affair in Game 2 for our NHL picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Stars/Ducks to over the total of 5.5