The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed restricted free agent Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year contract worth $850,000. How will that affect their HNL Betting Odds?
The 23-year-old proved to be a nice piece of the puzzle for the Ducks last season, scoring 13 goals and notching 23 points in 52 games. Now if the Ducks can lock up Devante Smith-Pelly and barring any important injuries, they’ll be in good shape to be one of the highest-scoring teams in the league again.
Silfverberg Back For Explosive Ducks Offense
The Ducks have one of the deepest concoctions of forwards in the NHL, which is what has made them so powerful in the Western Conference standings. Even after trading away Bobby Ryan, they still had plenty of firepower. 10 different players finished with 30 points or more.
With Silfverberg back, the addition of Ryan Kesler and Dany Heatley, it’s pretty clear the Ducks won’t be any worse upfront. They led the NHL with 3.21 goals per game last season and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they did it again. However, their issues are not at that end of the ice.
But What About The Goaltending?
That’s the main issue with the Ducks. Their offense can light the lamp with the best of them – both in the regular season and the playoffs – but the team’s goaltending has tapered off significantly come playoff time. In the regular season, guys like Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth, John Gibson and Fredrik Andersen have all shined. However, all have struggled in the playoffs. Hiller is 162-110 in the regular season but just 12-12 in the playoffs. Andersen had a GAA of 3.10 and save percentage of .899 in his only playoff action last season while young John Gibson faded in three games following a debut shutout in his first playoff start.
All in all, they went from allowing 2.48 in the regular season to 2.85 in the playoffs. More importantly than the stats, we have seen the Ducks perform like the Vancouver Canucks playoff teams that had Roberto Luongo between the pipes. When Luongo would give up bad goals, the Canucks team would perform with no confidence. When he played well, the team was a Stanley Cup contender.
For the Ducks, they don’t trust their goalies right now. One bad goal and they don’t play the same way. The Ducks won’t take that next step until they have a goaltender than can save them from time to time; not one that allows weak goals and cripples their chances.
How To Bet The News
When you see the Ducks at 9/1 at places like TheGreek, you really have to stop and think if they’re worth the price tag. We know their offense is great but it hasn’t been able to save them in the playoffs. Goaltending is what wins Stanley Cups these days; offense can’t do the job alone. But unless Gibson or Andersen change their ways, this is going to be a shaky playoff performer.
Stay away from the Ducks' NHL odds for now. Their goaltending is a wildcard and that makes their futures a risky bet.