Sharks, Ducks Get Off to a Fast Start Cashing an ‘Over’

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Dana Lane

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:05 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 5:05 PM GMT

‘Over’ is 15-6-5 when the Ducks have three or days of rest. This is what the NHL envisioned when they decided that teams would have to win out of their division to get to the conference final.

San Jose Sharks vs Anaheim Ducks (Game One)

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Free NHL Pick: ‘Over’ 5Best Line Offered: at BetPhoenix

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Back on the ice for a second straight day, @kbieksa3 chats about his recovery from hand surgery and his status moving into the First Round. #LetsGoDucks pic.twitter.com/NsBn8OfUVO

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I like the format while others feel they should just seed to conference one through eight or even the league one through sixteen. Thursday, the San Jose Sharks (45-27-10, 100pts, +23) visit the Honda Center to start their series against the Anaheim Ducks (44-25-13, 101pts, +19). The pucks drops at 10:30 ET/ 7:30 PT and can be seen on the USA Network, SN 360, TVAS 2, Prime Ticket, and NBC Sports California.

The Ducks opened as a -143 favorite according to the SBR odds page https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/. I’ve made my feelings known when it comes to this series but it seems opinion is split among the betting public. At SkyBook the line has moved in favor of the San Jose Sharks with the number sitting at -140, but betting patterns haven’t favored the Sharks at all books. At other notable sportsbooks the larger amount of money has forced the line to go in favor of Anaheim as it currently sits at -145.

The ‘Total’ started at 5.5 but bettors felt as if that was too high sending the number down to its current ‘5’. That was good news for me considering I thought it would go over 5.5. I doubled down on my play this morning when I saw the adjusted number. We often think of the Ducks as a grind it out team, and they are, but the reality is when they get some time to prepare for an opponent they are usually at their best offensively.

The Last time these two hooked up we saw the Sharks get a road shootout victory, 3-2, as a -165 underdog. The Sharks fired off 39 shots in the win and were successful in having at least 10 shots in every period. The Ducks managed just 11 total shots in the second and third period, you can bet the Ducks won’t be held to that number tonight.

The compelling component of tonight’s opener is what kind of impact Evander Kane will have. The Sharks traded a first, fourth, and a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres to get Kane. They brought him in

to give them an offensive spark in the postseason. I anticipate Kane playing at a very high level, maybe too high to start, but that kind of effort rubs off on linemates. I think the Kane, Joe Pavelski, and Joonas Donskoi line will carry game one over the number. This is a deep Sharks team which is why I think they’ll represent the West in the final. If the Ducks can give at least a couple goals, we’ll be walking up to the cashier’s cage cashing another playoff wager.

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