Anaheim (1-2) at Edmonton (2-1)
When: Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 10:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
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The Anaheim Ducks look to tie up their Western Conference semifinal series with the Edmonton Oilers and improve to 4-0 this postseason in the province of Alberta. Anaheim took care of both games in Calgary in the first round en route to a series sweep, and won Sunday’s contest in Edmonton 6-3 to cut their series deficit in half. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice for his first career multi-goal performance and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games. Silfverberg’s six goals trail only Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel for the league lead and now has 31 career points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 30 playoff games over the last three seasons. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and Rickard Rakell, Chris Wagner, and Ryan Kesler also scored for Anaheim, which lost the first two games of the series at home. Anaheim added yet another skater to the injury wagon as forward Patrick Eaves was seen wearing a walking boot following Game 3 on the heels of a neutral-zone collision with former Duck Patrick Maroon in the third period. Eaves joined defenseman Kevin Bieksa (lower body) in the stands during Tuesday’s practice, with his availability to play in Game 4 depending greatly on if he’s able to skate on Wednesday morning. Bieksa’s status is much clearer as he will miss his third straight game on Wednesday.
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Connor McDavid scored a highlight-reel goal in Game 3 for his second point in the series and sixth in the playoffs, but also had a -2 rating on Sunday. McDavid was named a Hart Trophy finalist on Monday on the heels of his 100-point regular-season performance. Patrick Maroon and Anton Slepychev also scored for the Oilers, while Kris Russell finished with two assists. Two forwards who are not pulling their weight in this series are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Nugent-Hopkins finished the regular-season with nine points in his last nine games, but has just two assists this postseason. Eberle finished strong as well, recording six points (four goals, two assists) in his final four regular-season games, but has just two assists in nine playoff games. Goaltender Cam Talbot has been struggling to keep the puck out of the net, owning an .898 save percentage in his past six starts after recording two shutouts in the previous three.
The Ducks seem to be more comfortable on the road right now and Talbot is struggling with his confidence after getting scorched on Sunday. Don’t forget, the Ducks went 19 games straight without a regulation loss heading into this series. I think they win this one and even the series.
Pick: Ducks +100
- Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Ducks are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win.
- Ducks are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Ducks are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Ducks are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference.
- Ducks are 19-7 in their last 26 overall.
- Ducks are 26-10 in their last 36 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Ducks are 36-15 in their last 51 vs. Pacific.
- Ducks are 40-18 in their last 58 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Ducks are 51-25 in their last 76 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Oilers are 12-2 in their last 14 Wednesday games.
- Oilers are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
- Oilers are 11-2 in their last 13 home games.
- Oilers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Oilers are 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference.
- Oilers are 20-8 in their last 28 overall.
- Oilers are 109-223 in their last 332 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Oilers are 37-77 in their last 114 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Oilers are 63-132 in their last 195 vs. Pacific.
- Oilers are 24-55 in their last 79 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Oilers are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Under is 3-0-2 in Ducks last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-1-2 in Ducks last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Over is 4-1-2 in Ducks last 7 road games.
- Under is 16-5-5 in Ducks last 26 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Over is 3-1-2 in Ducks last 6 games following a win.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Ducks last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 3-0-2 in Oilers last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Under is 8-2-1 in Oilers last 11 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Over is 4-1 in Oilers last 5 following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Oilers last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Over is 15-5-2 in Oilers last 22 Wednesday games.
- Over is 3-1-3 in Oilers last 7 home games.
- Over is 5-2-2 in Oilers last 9 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Under is 10-4 in Oilers last 14 Conference Semifinals games.
- Under is 13-6-2 in Oilers last 21 following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
HEAD TO HEAD
- Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Ducks are 28-10 in the last 38 meetings.
- Ducks are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Edmonton.
- Under is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings in Edmonton.
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