Sharks Will Take Series Stranglehold vs. Ducks with Game 2 Win

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Dana Lane

Friday, April 13, 2018 4:12 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 4:12 PM GMT

The Sharks upset the Ducks in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series, and Dana Lane sees more of the same in Game 2 at the Honda Center on Saturday night (10:30 ET).

Sharks at Ducks (San Jose leads series 1-0)Free NHL Pick: SharksBest Line Offered: BetPhoenix

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One of the reasons that I picked the San Jose Sharks in this series is that there isn’t any intimidation having to play at the Honda Center for the Sharks. in Game 1, San Jose rode the coattails of Evander Kane and Martin Jones to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after a 3-0 road shutout.

Kane became just the 5th player to score two goals in his 1st playoff game after being traded during the season. He drove to the net and created havoc in front of John Gibson, who made 31 saves in the loss. The side was never in doubt after Kane scored his second goal at the 13:51 mark to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead, while the ‘under’ was an easy winner.

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We Kane dig it. #DuckHunt

Recap: https://t.co/fX8fisL08E pic.twitter.com/q5ybfAsegz

— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 13, 2018
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For Saturday's Game 2, the puck drops at 10:30 ET from Anaheim and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.

According to the SBR odds page, the Ducks opened as a healthy -141 favorite, but the public isn’t buying that number as they can smell another plus-money winner. We have seen the number tumble to -130 at various books. My recommendation is to bet this game now if you’re going to ride the Sharks with me because there isn’t going to be much Ducks buyback. If you like the Ducks, then wait until game time to get the best of the number. The total opened at 5, -105 each side with very little movement early on.

The theme of Game 1 was the Ducks focused a little too much on the physical aspect of the game, giving the Sharks six power plays with San Jose converting in the second period to give the Sharks the lead. In a series that is expected to be close and physical, the first goal is the most important. It allows the scoring team to continue its game while it forced the Ducks to focus more on the offensive side of their game, which is not their strength.

When the opponent scores first, Anaheim is just 14-22-6, but when the Ducks get on the board first they’re a stunning 30-4-7. When trailing after two, Randy Carlyle’s team is just 5-19-5. This is a club that needs to play from ahead. Many have said to me that special teams wasn’t as big of a deal. The Sharks were just 1-6 with the man advantage in the opener, but even if goals don’t result from the man advantage, it allows the power-play team to drain time off the clock aside from a shorthanded goal. At the very least, it disrupts offensive flow.

Coaches don’t like being on the PK besides the obvious because it disrupts line flow because not everyone that plays on a 5-on-5 line will play together when killing penalties. When the PK is over, not everyone is rested as the same level as they would be on a general line change.

Let’s ride the Sharks’ momentum in Game 2.

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