Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Rogers Place will play host to a Pacific Division matchup as the Anaheim Ducks travel north to to take on the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the fourth and last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. Sportsnet ONE will broadcast the matchup, and the action gets underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds

Anaheim is 38-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 75 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Ducks are 16-22 SU.

Anaheim has converted on 17.7 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the fourth-strongest penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.2 percent of its penalties.

Anaheim, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.3 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.3 saves per game with a .927 save percentage, John Gibson (30-26-8) has been the top option in goal for Anaheim this season. If Anaheim decides to rest him, however, they could turn to Ryan Miller (10-14-6 record, .926 save percentage, 2.49 goals against average).

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Ducks. Rakell has 63 points via 31 goals and 32 assists, and has recorded multiple points 19 times. Getzlaf has 11 goals and 45 assists to his creditand has registered at least one point in 30 games.

Edmonton is 34-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 35 of its outings have gone over the total, while another 35 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 17-20 SU as the home team this season.

Edmonton has converted on just 14.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton players have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot has stopped 27.8 shots per game as the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot has 30 wins, 30 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.94 goals against average and a subpar .909 save percentage this year.

The home team will be led on offense by Connor McDavid (38 goals, 58 assists).

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Free Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Edmonton is 4-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Anaheim is 4-7 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Edmonton’s last five outings.
  • Anaheim has managed 24.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Edmonton is averaging 31.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Edmonton has scored 2.9 goals per game overall this season, but has upped it to 5.3 per contest over its three-game winning streak.
  • Over Anaheim’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. Anaheim skaters have given out the sixth-most hits in the league (24.0 per game) and the Oilers have handed the second-most (26.6).