Oilers Will Rebound Defensively After Their Game Five Collapse

Dana Lane

Sunday, May 7, 2017 7:13 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 7, 2017 7:13 PM UTC

With the Ducks holding a 3-2 series lead NHL analyst Dana Lane explains why both teams will be focused on playing shutdown defense. The total line seems pretty appealing on tonight's card.

Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers

The Anaheim Ducks stole a game five victory after erasing a three-goal deficit late that pushed game five over the ‘total’ but for 56 minutes the ‘under’ was the right side, prompting us to go back and try our luck again, especially when I take into account that the tying goal should have been goaltender interference. 

The netminders should do their part again starting with John Gibson who made 35 saves in game five. Gibson hasn’t played well in the series but perhaps his 85:24 effort in game five was a sign of things to come.  It was his best effort by far.  For the Oilers, Cam Talbot was the victim of three empty net goals including the game-tying goal that clearly should have been interference.   His team let him down late looking slow online changes while allowing the Ducks to easily access their offensive zone.  The Oilers were most likely slowed down by injuries as Adam Larsson was forced to play almost 45 minutes when Andrej Sekera was smashed into the glass by Ryan Getzlaf. Oilers coach Todd McLellan confirmed that Sekera will be out for the remainder of the second round.

That’s not the only injuries the Oilers had to deal with as they lost Matt Benning, Oscar Klefbom, in addition to Sekera.  Benning and Klefbom returned to the game but Klefbom wasn’t on the ice for morning skate today but is expected to play tonight.  Eric Gryba will start in Sekera’s spot.

Kevin Bieksa and Patrick Eaves are both questionable for the Ducks.

McLellan went on to say that his team will focus on structure and staying out of the penalty box.  That sounds like a plan to be slow and methodical which should eat enough minutes of the board to cash our ‘under’ bet.

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Final Regular Season NHL Selection Record:
87-73   .544   +16.95 units

Postseason Record:
10-10  .500    +2.92   units

97-83   .539  +18.97 units

 Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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