The Ducks host the Oilers on Wednesday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the opening face-off slated for 10:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Ducks are a -285 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Anaheim has gone 17-4 in their last 21-games versus Edmonton. These clubs have seen just 3 of their last 14 meetings go over the total. Anaheim is 1st in the Pacific Division with a 3-point lead over 2nd place San Jose, and the Ducks have 1-game in hand on the Sharks. The Ducks are just 1-point behind the Blues for the top spot in the Western Conference, and St. Louis has 1-game in hand on Anaheim. Edmonton is last in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference standings.
off a Remarkable Comeback Win
If the Ducks were looking for some added momentum heading into the stretch run of the regular season, then they certainly received it with their performance in their previous game. The Ducks allowed the Winnipeg Jets to jump out to a 4-0 lead on Monday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The score stayed the way until late in the 2nd period when the Ducks were able to get on the scoreboard with less than 3 minutes to play in the stanza. They entered the 3rd period down 4-1 and proceeded to score 3 unanswered goals to tie the game. The tying goal came with just 0:23 to play in regulation when Corey Perry found the back of the net for the Ducks. Anaheim completed the comeback when Stephane Robidas scored the game winner just 0:16 into the overtime period.
Anaheim enters the month of April as the highest scoring team in the NHL averaging 3.2 goals per game. They've scored 22-goals over their last 5-games, and went over the total in 4 of those 5. Anaheim has gone over the total in 19 of of their last 26-games versus Western Conference opponents. Tonight will be the 2nd of a 3-game in 5-day home stand for Anaheim. They're a terrific 26-11 versus the money line on home ice this season.
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The Edmonton Oilers are playing out the proverbial string after enduring a disastrous season in which they will finish at the bottom of the a Western Conference standings, and next to worst in the entire NHL with only the Buffalo Sabres behind them. The Oilers will be playing with no rest after losing 5-4 at San Jose last night, and are a miserable 12-41 versus in their last 53-games after having played the day before. This will also be the Oilers 3rd game in the last 4-days, and not surprisingly they've been a terrible 19-40 in their last 59-games in that role. The final bit of negative news to report on the Oilers chances tonight is that they will be facing an opponent tonight in Anaheim that is extremely strong on home ice. Edmonton has gone an anemic 14-55 in their last 69 road games against the money line, versus an opponent with a home winning percentage of .600 or better.
We have the best offensive team (Anaheim) in the NHL versus one of the worst defensive clubs going head to head tonight. The way the Ducks have been scoring goals of late they may be able to surpass tonight's total all by themselves. However we will play it safe and take the Oilers along for the ride for your NHL picks. This one has all the ear marks of a high scoring affair.
Hockey Pick: Oilers/Duck to go over the total of 5.5