With anywhere between 25 and 28 games left before we call an end to the 2015-16 NHL regular season, the Anaheim Ducks (27-19-8) are hoping to continue their surge towards the top of the Pacific Division by keeping up with the hot 2016 form that has seen them go 12-4-2 overall since January 1st. To test their resolve, the Ducks will follow Monday night’s road trip to Calgary with a Tuesday trip to Edmonton. Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s clash against the Oilers, including a brief NHL online free picks preview of the showdown.
Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers NHL Predictions
Why Bet on Anaheim
The Ducks are coming off an iffy week where they won two games and lost two games as well. Their hold on a playoff spot in the Pacific Division is, however, still solid, as they now own a six-point lead on Arizona, thanks to their 8-2 SU run in the last 10 games. The biggest positive takeaway from last week is that David Perron, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in January, has 11 points in 11 games since arriving in Anaheim, including three points in the last two games.
More notably, the Ducks have owned the Oilers for quite a while, going 13-3 SU in their last 16 road games against Edmonton, a record that includes the 1-0 win at Rexall Place on December 31st. Against the struggling Oilers that have lost four of their last five games, and shakily gone 5-5 in their last 10 home games, the Ducks look well set for another win this Tuesday.
Why Bet on Edmonton
After being outscored 13-2 last weekend, the Oilers are seemingly trending positively, going 1-1-1 last week and showing signs of solid competitiveness in their games. The return of Connor McDavid has been a big shot in the arm for the Oilers. In the seven games since he broke his collarbone, McDavid has posted 12 points. His regular linemates, Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot, have equally been hot for the team, each averaging more than one point per game.
There is also a bit of some hope in the fact that the Oilers are 3-2 SU in their last five home games, so another strong home show could easily lead to an upset win over the Ducks who are 2-2 SU in their last four road games.
Anaheim at Edmonton Expert NHL Picks and Predictions
Given the way both teams have been playing well defensively, bettors should be on the lookout for a low-scoring affair. Winning-wise, the Oilers won’t be easy to beat, but Anaheim should be able to do enough to claim a narrow win.