Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/27/2014
Friday, March 28, 9:30 PM on PT, RSNW
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
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It wasn't that long ago that the Ducks had their fate in their own hands as they held onto the top seed in the Western Conference. A slight slump and strong play by the Blues has dropped Anaheim down to the 3 seed where they're tied with Chicago. The Ducks have clinched their playoff appearance but would still love to turn things around before the postseason begins. Edmonton has been mathematically eliminated and has recently started their vacation even with 9 games to go.
The Ducks are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 despite being favored in 8 of those games. They have crippled bettors over that time, especially with the four losses coming as -175 moneyline favorites or greater. In fact, even the wins weren't that impressive with one over Carolina at -214 and another a -313 romp over Florida. It will be interesting if Anaheim can improve that streak even with three road games coming up in four nights starting in Edmonton Friday.
The Oilers have actually been favored in 2 of their last 3 games but have dropped all them all straight up. They've scored a combined 4 goals over that time while giving up 16.
The Ducks came through for their backers the last time they met up with Edmonton by winning 5-2 at home on January 3rd. The first period was action packed with two goals in the first :46 and five total goals accounted for entering period two. Anaheim notched a goal apiece in the remaining period to cash in for -278 Ducks bettors.
Anaheim is 21-14 straight up on the road this season
Anaheim is 17-15-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Edmonton is 13-21 straight up at home this season
Edmonton is 18-15-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/30/13 RW Nick Sorensen Concussion out indefinitely
10/01/13 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out for season
03/19/14 D Cam Fowler Knee expected to miss 3-5 weeks
03/07/14 D Sami Vatanen Undisclosed out indefinitely
11/10/13 GO Richard Bachman Groin out indefinitely
03/25/14 GO Viktor Fasth Neck questionable
03/25/14 RW Nail Yakupov Ankle questionable
03/18/14 LW Jesse Joensuu Ankle expected to miss 4 weeks
01/16/14 LW Ryan Hamilton Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim
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