With the Edmonton Oilers on an incredible streak and the Anaheim Ducks struggling, betting on the Oilers to win against the spread of -1.5 is the way to go.
If you're looking for a high-energy NHL matchup with a clear favorite to dominate, look no further than tonight's game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers have been on fire lately, with an impressive 10-0-1 record since March 14th and extending their point streak to 11 games. They're currently battling it out for the top spot in the Pacific Division, and with the Ducks in a dismal losing streak, it's no surprise that the smart money is on Edmonton -1.5.
Let's dive into some stats to back up this claim. In their last 11 games against the Ducks, the Oilers boast an 8-2-1 record, and six of their eight wins were by a four-goal or larger margin. This includes crushing 6-0 and 6-2 victories in the last two games between the clubs (Jan. 23 in Anaheim, April 1 in Edmonton). With this kind of dominance over their opponents, it's hard not to feel confident about the Oilers' chances tonight.
What's even more impressive is the Oilers' dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. Draisaitl is coming off a stellar performance in last night's 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings, netting his 51st goal of the season and tallying two assists. This marks his 16th game with three or more points this season, placing him second in the NHL, only behind McDavid with 21.
Speaking of McDavid, the guy's been an absolute force against the Ducks. In his last eight games against Anaheim, he's scored at least two points each time, totaling eight goals, 12 assists, and 20 points. When you have a player like McDavid, who's consistently delivering against a specific opponent, it's hard not to feel good about your chances.
On the flip side, the Ducks are in a world of hurt. They're currently on an eight-game losing streak, tied for the franchise record set in October 1996. The team's been outscored 36-13 during this stretch, and they're now tied with Columbus and Chicago for the fewest points in the league. This puts them in prime position for the draft lottery, but it's not doing them any favors in tonight's game.
One bright spot for the Ducks has been Frank Vatrano, who scored his 19th and 20th goals this season in their recent 5-4 loss to Calgary. But even with Vatrano's scoring prowess, his last eight goals have all come in games the Ducks didn't win (0-5-2). It's a prime example of how one player's success isn't enough to carry a struggling team.
Taking all of this into account, it's pretty clear why the Oilers are the heavy favorites tonight. With their recent success, their dominance over the Ducks, and their star players performing at peak levels, it's hard not to see them covering the -1.5 spread. Additionally, the Oilers have the easier remaining schedule compared to their Pacific Division rivals, so they'll be looking to capitalize on every opportunity to secure home-ice advantage for the playoffs.
Of course, nothing is ever a "sure thing" in sports, but the Oilers' recent form and their head-to-head record against the Ducks make it a solid bet. The Ducks will need a miracle to turn their fortunes around, and with Edmonton hungry for playoff success, it's highly unlikely that miracle will happen tonight.
Pick #3 - Edmonton Oilers -1.5 - available on Draftkings @ -130