Oilers and Ducks to Stay 'Under' in Pacific Division Matchup

Dana Lane

Sunday, February 25, 2018 4:58 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 4:58 PM UTC

Anaheim has cashed "under" tickets in eight consecutive games, and with your NHL picks you can expect that trend to continue tonight against Edmonton.

Sunday NHL: Oilers vs. DucksFree NHL Pick: Under 5.5 (+101)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Buffalo Sabres did their part Saturday by scoring only once, but Alexander Ovechkin's goal with 1:24 left in the third period gave the Washington Capitals their fifth goal and pushed the game "over" the total of 5.5. Losses happen, but when you’re using a properly managed bankroll they don’t hurt because you know your next winner is right around the corner. Never make a wager that you sweat. If you do, you’re betting too much.

We’ll go to Southern California for our next winner as the Edmonton Oilers (26-31-4, 56 points, -28 GD) visit the Anaheim Ducks (31-21-11, 73 pts, -1 GD) in a battle of Pacific Division teams tonight at 8 ET.

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Cammalleri with a three-point night against his former team as the #Oilers escape with a 4-3 victory vs. Los Angeles to open their road trip. https://t.co/UGr9LdUDYE

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 25, 2018

Top 10 Power Rankings: Oilers NR; Ducks NR

Key statistic: Oilers 3.25 GAA (28th); Ducks 2.63 GAA (seventh)

These teams met a couple weeks back and Anaheim won 3-2. Ducks goalie John Gibson was fantastic, stopping 30 of 32 shots, while counterpart Cam Talbot made 31 saves on 34 shots. Tonight we’ll see a completely different matchup as Al Montoya (3-2-1, .879, 3.23 GA) gets the start for Edmonton, while Reto Berra (1-1, .926, 2.31 GA) will be in Anaheim's net.

It’s hard to imagine Montoya is 33 years old. The ninth-year pro has never been given a real shot to be a No. 1 guy, mostly because he has been serviceable at best, but he’s definitely a veteran who shouldn’t automatically be looked at as an easy "over" wager with your NHL picks. He plays with a lot of confidence and, although he lacks the consistency you need out of a starter, he can give you the occasional 35-save win if his defensemen keep most of the shots coming from the perimeter.

Berro hasn’t played much but his recent game was solid, allowing two goals against Montreal on 22 shots in just less than 50 minutes. That was the game Berra took over for Ryan Miller in the first period after Miller allowed three goals on the game’s first 10 shots. Before that, Berra made 40 saves against San Jose, allowing two goals in a shootout win on November 20. Berra has played most of the season in the American Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls (11-7, 2.72 GA, .919) but I have enough confidence in him and Montoya tonight to give my bankroll an "under" winner based on the NHL odds.

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