Edmonton Oilers (34-34-9) vs Anaheim Ducks (32-37-10)
Mikko Koskinen (24-18-6) vs John Gibson (24-22-6)
NHL Hockey March 30 2019 10:00pm Eastern (Rogers Place)
Line and Odds: Edmonton -160 Over/Under — 5.5
FREE NHL Score Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton looks to mercifully cling on to their playoff lives as they host the Ducks in an inter-division battle. The Oilers fell to Dallas in a shootout their last time out, a disappointing follow-up to their 8 goal showing against L.A. in which they had two players record a hat-trick (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisatl). Edmonton needs to win all their remaining games to have a shot at the West’s last wild card spot. On the other end, the Ducks are trying to quickly forget the 6-1 thrashing they took at the hands of the Flames last night. Anaheim scored the first goal of the contest but were heavily outmatched from there on out. This will be the Ducks last road game of the season as they finish out 2018-19 hosting the Kings and Flames.
It seems it is too little too late for the OIlers, who have picked up points in four straight games. They sit 8 points back of Colorado with only 5 games remaining but staying alive for as long as possible can be a good learning experience for a team that is very inexperienced and young. Edmonton also can finish their season with an over .500 home record with a win tonight, sitting at 18-17-4 on the year and having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 at Rogers Place.
Though they have seen some more success recently, Edmonton has still struggled with scoring depth. They put in 8 on the Kings but 7 of the goals came from their top three scorers. Their stars have been just that as of late, with Connor McDavid totaling 27 points in his last 13 games and going poin-less in just one game during that stretch. He also accounted for the most points in a season by an Oiler since Mark Messier. Leon Draisatl has been on fire himself, putting up 10 points in the last four outings and on Thursday he joined McDavid in the century club, becoming the second Edmonton player to reach 100 points this season and just the fourth in the entire league. They are the first pair of teammates to put up 100 points each since Backstrom and Ovechkin 9 years ago.
This game holds a lot less weight for the Ducks, who are trying to just help their young guns some NHL experience. Forward Sam Steel became the youngest player in Franchise history to record a hat-trick earlier this week in a game against Vancouver after he had scored just once in his previous 17 games. Defenseman Andy Welinski set a personal milestone, grabbing his first NHL, and his team’s lone goal yesterday in Calgary, taking him 23 games to do so.
As mentioned before this will be Anaheim’s final road game of the year and they will look to end on a positive note, sitting at 15-23-2 through 40 road contests.
CTS 365 Betting Trends
Edmonton is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Edmonton is 7-17 ATS in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Edmonton’s last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Edmonton’s last 8 games when playing Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 6 games when playing at home against Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim’s last 5 games on the road
Anaheim is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Anaheim is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
FREE NHL Prediction Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers
The over/under for this particular game seems low as the Oilers and their opponents have combined for 38 goals in the last 5 games played in Edmonton with only the 4-1 win over Columbus featuring a team that scored less than 2 goals. Anaheim has been inconsistent with their goal scoring and will most likely be the determining factor on that line. McDavid and Draisatl have been near unstoppable and with Anaheim playing such a youthful line-up I expect the Oilers to win off their backs alone. John Gibson has won 6 of his last 7 starts but has allowed 2 or more goals in every one. I dont see it being a shootout but I see a healthy amount of goals in an Edmonton victory.
PICK: Over 5.5