Edmonton (1-0) at Anaheim (0-1)
When: Friday, April 28th 2017
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The Anaheim Ducks look to start another impressive streak when they host Game 2 of their Western Conference second round game against the upstart Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. Edmonton’s Adam Larsson, who had four goals in the first 85 games this season, tallied twice in the wild third period on Wednesday to give the Oilers home-ice advantage with a 5-3 victory. The Oilers blew a two-goal third period lead before Larsson’s go-ahead goal and Leon Draisaitl added an empty-netter to seal it. Draisaitl had a huge game with a goal and three assists to give him the team lead with seven playoff points and a +6 rating. Cam Talbot made 33 saves for his third straight victory and fifth of the postseason. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who has recorded 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games, extended his point streak to three games after an assist in back-to-back games. Center Mark Letestu increased his point total to five (three goals, two assists) in seven playoff games after scoring twice in the opener for his first career multi-goal postseason effort.
The Game 1 loss for Anaheim was their first in regulation since March 10th – an impressive string covering 19 games. Captain Ryan Getzlaf is enjoying a solid stretch of play, scoring and setting up a goal in Game 1 to give him 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) in his last 23 overall games while increasing his total to nine (two goals, seven assists) in six meetings with Edmonton. After dealing with injuries to All-Star Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen, Anaheim’s defense has another on its hands as coach Randy Carlyle deemed Kevin Bieksa (club-best four assists) “doubtful” for Game 2 because of a lower-body injury. Bieksa initially sustained the injury when colliding with a teammate in the first period of the series opener before officially exiting the contest in the second. Vatanen has missed two games with an upper-body injury. Anaheim has struggled with its penalty kill unit, surrendering two power-play goals to Edmonton in Game 1 after allowing six in a four-game sweep of Calgary in the first round. Right-winger Patrick Eaves has scored a goal in back-to-back games, giving him 11 in his last 16 contests.
This Edmonton team is very dangerous and are playing as if they’ve been here before. I usually don’t bet against the home team losing the first two games of the series, but I think the Oilers have a great shot in Game 2.
Pick: Oilers +120
HEAD TO HEAD
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