Champion handicapper Dana Lane explains why he doesn’t see any reason to go against the Ducks and John Gibson who owns a .952 save percentage over his last 10 starts.
I feel compelled to reiterate one of our simple rules that go back to October when building a postseason bankroll. As you can see we didn’t carry our regular season record into the postseason so our bankroll starts at zero.
Time to get back to the slow and steady motto or in one word, discipline.
Remember, the payoff isn't more when you win a playoff game so don’t wager a higher percentage of your bankroll because you want to add a little more spice to your playoff viewing.
Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
For today's NHL pick we are going off to North of the border where the Calgary Flames are trying to solve the puzzle known as the Anaheim Ducks starting at 7:00PT/10:00ET.
The Ducks enjoyed a fortuitous bounce in game two that extended their series lead to 2-0 but isn’t that way things work for the Flames at the Honda Center.
If I’m the Flames I can’t down too much because they're matching up well with the Ducks which will provide them with confidence in game three but if they’re going to turn this series around Glen Gulutzan’s team most get on the board first. Getting out to an early lead will completely change the dynamic of game three and where the Flames are mental.
To say the Ducks have the Flames number isn’t quite hitting the mark. Over their last 36 meetings, the Ducks have won 28. No reason to go against a trend that hasn’t produced back to back Flames victories since 2010. To extend that even further Anaheim has won 38 of 56 in this series. So let’s not try to out think what we already know until Calgary can show they can overcome history.
With disciplined hockey being the key to most teams moving on, the edge goes to the Ducks in that category. When times got tough in game two Dougie Hamilton thought it would be a good time for a cross check. I can't put my money on a team that can't guarantee those bad penalties won't be an issue down the stretch, especially with both squads being so evenly matched.
With the Flames owning the speed advantage I expect the Ducks to once again impose their will with a tough, tight checking style, even if that means getting a bad bounce win.