The San Joe Sharks are hoping to solve Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers tonight but Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explains why we simply can’t financially back a team that just can’t score.
The Anaheim Ducks woke up late for my readers last night, getting us a solid plus money winner.
I followed one simple rule, don’t ever go into a game and cross your fingers that a team can be different when they’ve shown time and time again who they really are. The Calgary Flames are simply not a team that can beat the Anaheim Ducks as we witnessed last night, despite having a 4-1 lead after Sam Bennett’s power-play goal with just about 11 minutes to go in the second period.
The Ducks have now beaten Calgary 29 of their last 37 meetings.
Tonight, we go to the SAP Center in San Jose, California to find another plus money winner.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot was once again everything the Oilers had hoped he would be in game three, stopping 23 Sharks shots to earn his second consecutive shutout. His streak of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal has now reached 120 so I can’t find much of a reason to go against Talbot especially when I think the Oilers are already the better of the two teams.
Surprisingly, for the Oilers, we’re seeing depth guys making an impact to go along with strong goaltending, one of the most important ingredients in handicapping a playoff series. Zach Kassian, a third-line winger, scored the lone goal for Edmonton in game three, making that his second game winning goal in this series, one of which was shorthanded.
No matter how important the third and fourth liners you still need production from your top players which we haven’t seen yet. It’s amazing that the Oilers haven’t had any production from their top two lines and still lead the series. I anticipate the Connor McDavid, Patrick Maroon, Leon Draisaitl line to have more of an impact tonight taking the burden off of Talbot.
For today's NHL picks, I’m going to continue to back my choice to represent the western conference in the final and the team that is better at creating offensive chances.