The Anaheim Ducks (23-18-9) travel to meet the Edmonton Oilers (26-18-3) Thursday at Rogers Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Ducks vs. Oilers odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Ducks were manhandled 6-2 in Calgary Wednesday in the front end of the Alberta two-step. G John Gibson coughed up 4 goals on 20 shots and was lifted in the second period.
The Oilers have picked up three straight victories, including a pair of road wins in California Monday and Tuesday. Edmonton won 5-2 behind Mike Smith in Los Angeles last time out, a rare Over after four Under results.
Ducks at Oilers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Ducks +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Oilers -230 (bet $230 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Ducks +1.5 (-135) | Oilers -1.5 (+110)
Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -120)
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Ducks at Oilers projected goalies
Anthony Stolarz (7-5-1, 2.73 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO) vs. Mike Smith (4-4-1, 3.34 GAA, .904 SV%)
Stolarz came on in the second period last night in place of Gibson after he allowed 4 goals in 28 minutes. Stolarz allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots in his relief appearance.
Smith has won consecutive starts against the New York Islanders and at the Los Angeles Kings as he allowed just 3 totals goals on 70 shots. He has given the Oilers some much-needed solid goaltending.
Ducks at Oilers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Oilers 5, Ducks 3
The Oilers (-230) will cost you more than two times your potential return, and that’s just too expensive even if they have been playing a lot better recently.
Against the spread
The OILERS -1.5 (+110) are a much better value at plus-money laying the goal and a half on the puck line. Edmonton has won by 2 or more goals in each of its wins during the current three-game streak, and each of its five victories dating back to Jan. 29.
OVER 6.5 (-115) is the best bet in this Western Conference battle. The Over hasn’t been a regular occurrence lately for the Oil, but Edmonton has scored 3 or more goals in each of its last three outings, and in eight of its last 11 games.
The Over hit in a 6-5 Oilers win Oct. 19 in the first meeting between these sides, too.
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