A pair of teams that both took the ice last night, the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks collide at the Honda Center in a divisional tilt. The match gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 25, and it will be broadcasted live on Sportsnet West.
Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks Odds
Producing 0.3 units for moneyline bettors, Anaheim is 31-32 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team recorded during last years regular season (46-36). Through 63 regular season contests, 39 of the teams games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 16-13 SU at home.
The Ducks have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Ducks have been penalized 4.5 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five contests home outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays for 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
Boasting a .925 save percentage and 29.3 saves per game, John Gibson (23-23-7) has been the primary option in goal for Anaheim this year. If Anaheim chooses to rest him, however, head coach Randy Carlyle may turn to Ryan Miller (10-12-12 record, .928 save percentage, 2.38 goals against average).
Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf will each be offensive focal points for the Ducks. Rakell (48 points) has tallied 22 goals and 26 assists and has recorded two or more points in 14 different games this year. Getzlaf has eight goals and 30 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 22 games.
Edmonton is 26-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 61 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Oilers are 13-18 SU.
The Oilers have converted on just 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully defended 72.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot (.904 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 26.8 saves per game and owns a 23-26-2 record.
Connor McDavid (27 goals, 44 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Oilers.
Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Under
- Two of Anaheim’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-6 overall in shootouts this year.
- The under has hit in each of Anaheim’s last five games.
- Five of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. Edmonton skaters have dished out the leagues second-most hits per game (27.1) while the Ducks have tallied the seventh-most (24.4).