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NHL Free Pick: Blackhawks vs. Ducks Betting Lines & Preview

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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Anaheim Ducks May 19 at Honda Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

The Anaheim Ducks will try to move to 9-1 in the postseason Tuesday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Final.

Daily NHL Hockey Odds

Ducks lead series 1-0
Chicago (56-31-3-3) at Anaheim (60-24-3-5)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Broadcast: CBC, TVA, NBCSN
Blackhawks NHL Betting Odds: +1½ -260 +118
Ducks NHL Betting Odds: -1½ +220 -130
NHL Over Under Betting Odds: Under 5 +114, OVER 5 -126
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The Ducks started slowly but came on late en route to a 4-1 Game 1 win Sunday.

Shockingly Anaheim won having gotten just one combined point from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – their depth and ability to hold down the Blackhawks superstars was responsible for the win.

Can the Ducks duplicate their Game 1 feet on Tuesday or will the Blackhawks be able to earn the split against a team that has yet to lose on home ice in the playoffs?

The Chicago Blackhawks stormed out of the gate in Game 1 and outshot the Ducks 16-7 in the first period but were unable to carry that momentum throughout the next two periods.

The Hawks defensive depth was exposed just a tad Sunday – without Michal Rozsival in the lineup for the Hawks Anaheim was able to pressure them into frequent uncharacteristic defensive miscues.

Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya were OK but were clearly worn down by the furious forecheck of the Ducks.

Simply put Kimmo Timonen and David Rundbald don’t match up well with the physicality and the pressure game of the Ducks – Chicago’s forward to a man know that they will have to do a better job in minimizing the damage. If there is any group of forwards that can adjust their game, it’s the Blackhawks.

Patrick Kane had his worst game of the postseason Sunday – he was held pointless and to just one shot. Jonathan Toews was largely ineffective and the whole offensive attack of the Blackhawks was shockingly neutralized after period 1 of the game.

I’m expecting a bounce back – rust was a bit of a factor Sunday – adjustments will be made and the Hawks will be a better team!

The Anaheim Ducks got everything they needed from Game 1 – they got the win, got some secondary scoring support and they got another good game from Frederik Andersen.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the opener was the fact that the Ducks’ depth was the story – not Chicago’s. Anaheim received two goals from its third line- Kyle Palmieri gave it a 2-0 lead early in the second period and Nate Thompson also scored.

Jakob Silfverberg’s two-point performance in Game 1 was his third in a row and gave him a total of 13 points this postseason. Impressive!

Frederik Andersen continues to be a rock between the pipes for Anaheim – he was the difference early on in Game 1 and held his team in the contest.

Andersen has been unshakable so far – it will be interesting to see if the Hawks can rise to the occasion and burn him a time or two in Game 2.

NHL Gambling Trends

• Under is 6-2-2 in CHI last 10 vs. Pacific.
• ANA are 38-14 in their last 52 vs. Central.
• Over is 5-2-1 in ANA last 8 overall.
• Over is 5-2-1 in ANA last 8 vs. Western Conference.
• Under is 20-6-1 in the last 27 meetings.
• CHI are 8-22-2 in the last 32 meetings in Anaheim.

I picked the experience and the depth of the Chicago Blackhawks to win this series – I think they get the split in Anaheim.

NHL Betting 4* Free Play

There are too many leaders in that dressing room to allow for an effort like we saw in Game 1.

Chicago Blackhawks +118

Patrick Kane won’t have another game like he did Sunday and names like Hossa, Toews and Sharp will show up sooner than late. Take the road team to make this series very, very interesting!

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