Ducks vs. Oilers Prediction
The Anaheim Ducks have already clinched a playoff spot but will look to stay ahead of Nashville in the conference with a win tonight against the Oilers.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Ducks are -165 money line favorites to beat the Oilers, who have odds of +145 to pull off the upset tonight at home. The total for tonight’s 9:00PM ET puck drop is sitting at 5 goals.
John Gibson will draw the start between the pipes tonight for the Ducks. The 22-year-old is really struggling, winning just once in his last five decisions. In his last outing, Gibson allowed four goals on 23 shots in last Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Canadiens. He’s 17-11-3 on the year and owns a 2.13 goals-against-average to go along with a .817 save percentage.
Cam Talbot draws the start tonight for Edmonton after not playing against the Kings on Saturday night. In his last outing, he stopped 23-of-26 shots in a 6-3 victory over San Jose. He’s now 21-25-4 on the year with a .918 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA.
Tonight’s game is a good spot for bettors to jump on the over, which is 15-6-6 in the Ducks’ last 27 road games and 14-5-4 in their last 23 games coming off a win. The over is also 4-0-1 in Anaheim’s last five games playing an opponent with a losing record and 9-2-4 in its last 15 games versus Western Conference foes.
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