Oilers vs. Ducks NHL Pick – February 25, 2020
My picks have gone cold of late which was the case on the one-game NHL schedule of last night.
I had the under 5.5 at attractive +105 chances between the Senators and Blue Jackets last night, looking for an elite house protection and goaltender to maintain the 30th-ranked Senators street offense in check.
That did not happen as the Sens took a 3-2 midway through the third period, however, the Jackets tied it up less than our selection to sink.
The match went into overtime tied at 3-3 before the winner to provide the success to the Jackets was bagged by Emil Bemstrom.
I’ll stick with my guns and take with this Tuesday night program, although it’s been a difficult go of late!
Season Record: 101-88-1
Let’s take a look at this free NHL choice comprising the Oilers vs. Ducks in the Honda Center in Anaheim!
Let’s check in with each of these clubs before I get in my pick!
The Oilers are among the Pacific Division teams desperate for points each and every evening and they enter this one having won five of the past eight matches.
More recently, the street has been favorable to Edmonton than Rogers Place as they won two before finally going back to defeat the Kings, and dropping two in a row in the home.
Their street defense has been outstanding to their work.
While the Oilers sit in last position with 3.50 goals against per game in your home, they rank fourth using 2.66 goals against per game on the road.
The same goes for their penalty kill that ranks 22nd having a 79.8% markers in home ice but first with an 89.1% mark on the street.
They are not better on crime on the road, however they do rank a strong 14th having a much 3.00 goals per game on the road but they also sit second with a 26.5% clip on the power play away from home also.
That said, the Oilers aren’t exactly stats darlings on the street.
In 5v5 on the Street, the Oilers rate 20th with a 47.63percent Corsi For%, 18th using a 47.61% Scoring Chances For% and 14th having a 48.67percent High-Danger Chances For%.
Not terrible amounts in almost any sort, but certainly nothing to write home about, either.
They’ve received some powerful goaltending on the road also with their .916 Svpercent over the road checking in within a three dimensional tie for third at the league between the likes of Mike Smith in Mikko Koskinen.
We don’t know since the Oilers additionally play with tomorrow night in Vegas, who will start tonight, so it’s almost sure that activity will be seen by both goaltenders .
Smith has been receiving the majority of the starts of late, and he has been real great of late also.
Smith input this one wearing a 2.87 GAA and .905 Svpercent on this year in 34 excursions,?? but in addition a better 2.63 GAA and .913 SVpercent in 18 road trips.
At the month of February, Smith has worked into a 2.53 GAA and .920 Sv% and a 5-1-1 record while he’s submitted a .928 Sv% over his final six starts, going 4-1-1 at the moment.
In case Koskinen gets the nod, he’ll carry a 2.89 GAA and then .911 Sv% into action along with his 30 starts and 33 looks on the season.
The 31-year-old has been fantastic on the road, but submitting a 2.33 GAA and .929 Sv% in 16 road looks and stopped 33 of 34 shots (.971 Svpercent ) at Florida in his last road start back on February 15th.
It will be an intriguing to see whether head coach Dave Tippett appears to take advantage of the Ducks tonight starts the Smith contrary to the Golden Knights tomorrow tomorrow.
It is the dog days of the NHL season for this Ducks team as they go into this one using dropped four in a row and seven of the last nine as they play another blossom year.
The transition is coming from expertise to youth as players like Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry have been subbed out for the likes of Sam Steel, Max Jones and Troy Terry, although the latter was just sent down to the AHL to prepare for the postseason down .
There’s hockey to be played and tasks to be kept or won so by no means should we anticipate a flop from the Ducks down the stretch.
The Ducks have played a solid defense at home this season where they’re tied for 16th with a 3.00 goals against per game with a penalty kill that sits 12th having a quality 82.7percent markers.
The issue was at the opposite end of the ice.
Their power play has scuffled to the song of a 13.8% clip which has them in 27th position because section.
Since they were shutout in a match, the crime was Jekyll and Hyde of overdue scored eight goals two, then scored before scoring five to five last time out.
Add this up and they’ve averaged 2.67 goals per game over their last six but have scored only six times over their last five at home, but five of these came their last workout. The Ducks have therefore been shut out four.
Possession-wise, the Ducks are not much to write home about, either.
In 5v5 in the home, they are tied for 18th with a 50.11% Corsi Forpercent and 19th with a 50.80% Scoring Chances For percent, however they do leap to 11th with a pleasant 53.79percent High-Danger Chances For percent.
Their goaltending has scuffled a bit however, using their .912 Svpercent at 5v5.
Like with the Oilers, we don’t know who will get the nod between the plumbing now, but with no back-to-back in drama one would assume it’s John Gibson.
If this is this is the case, Gibson would take a 3.01 GAA and then .903 Svpercent into action for the season and a marginally improved 2.85 GAA and .905 Sv% in 23 home outings.
Gibson possesses a fairly similar 3.11 GAA and .900 Sv% in the month of February to this point and allowed six goals in an OT loss to the Golden Knights at home his last time out on Sunday.
The Ducks will have fresh faces in the lineup after producing some transactions deadline day.
Maybe it might reestablish a group that is looked sluggish of late, however I am concern with the end of the team yesterday against an Oilers crime that received an overhaul itself.
In doing this, The two Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou will not only make their debuts tonight but will even skate alongside Connor McDavid.
Off that productive line together with Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and while Kailer Yamamoto is out of the lineup, the Oilers’ top-six is much better at this point and I think they’ll give a time to the defense that is slim tonight.
If they don’t we know that the Oilers are a street defense at which they’v received quality goaltending this season.
Also keep in mind the massive special teams advantage Edmonton retains in this one.
For mepersonally, I think a desperate Oilers team that now has McDavid back in the lineup combined with observing their GM update the crime will be prepared to go with this one.
I feel that’s terrible news for those Ducks and I’ll simply go right on and take the road on the moneyline tonight.