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2017 NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Quarter Finals Game 1
Date: Thursday, April 13th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Ducks -155
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NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Ducks finished first in the Pacific Division this season with 104 points, and despite the six-point gap between them and their rivals from Calgary, only one win separated the two.
The Flames make their first post-season appearance since 2014-15, with many new exciting young players added to the core that remains from that squad.
They should have youthful exuberance on their side, and the top end talent to match that of the Ducks’.
Secondary scoring should play a key role, and with players like Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett being tailor made for the playoff game, it should be fun to watch.
Calgary’s defensive corps can match the blueline of Anaheim, and may even have a slight edge with Cam Fowler on the IR.
Brain Elliott back-stopped the Flames’ excellent run since February for the most part, helping his team shoot up the rankings into a playoff seed.
I expect Elloitt, who has 37 playoff games under his belt, to come out strong in game 1.
The Ducks have the forward group to make a nice run, especially with the experience on their side. Between Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves, there should be a strong veteran leadership and certainly some sandpaper to their play.
The real question for the Ducks will be how the team responds to the adversity of losing their best blueliner for likely the entire series, as Cam Fowler remains on the IR.
The Ducks’ blueline as long been thought of as a point of strength, and they certainly have the depth, but Fowler is a key player for the team.
John Gibson should provide Anaheim the edge in net over Elliott, finishing the regular season with a .924 SV% and a 2.22 GAA.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Calgary won the last two contests, both in April, against Anaheim
- The Flames were 21-16-4 on the road during the regular season
- Calgary are 0-27 in their last 27 games played in Anaheim
- Anaheim won the season series 4-1
- Anaheim is 12-1-2 in their last 15 games
- Anaheim is 29-8-4 on home ice
Free Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Playoff Prediction:
The Ducks have held a decided advantage at home, and have the better record on the year.
That being said, the Flames’ should come out firing and many of their young stars, such as Johnny Gaudreau, Dougie Hamilton and Sean Monahan, have all been on the big stage before.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Anaheim -155
I like Anaheim to take game 1 at home and apply the pressure to Calgary.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Calgary 1 – Anaheim 3
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