NHL Playoffs: Pivotal Game 5 Matchup on Tap in Anaheim

2017 NHL Playoffs Anaheim

Oilers Looking to Find Consistency

In Game 5, the Edmonton Oilers will look to capitalize on their recent success in the First Round against the San Jose Sharks. They also played well the first two games against the Anaheim Ducks. After winning the first two games on the road, the Oilers dropped Game 3 6-3. Game 3 was never close. It was much like the 7-0 drubbing against the Sharks in Game 4. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan responded by mixing up his top two lines. The result was that Edmonton won the next two games, and closed out the First Round series.

Anaheim Looking to Take Series Lead

The Anaheim Ducks have been inconsistent so far in the Second Round. They’ve managed to hold Hart Trophy nominee Connor McDavid to only one goal and one assist thus far, but have looked overwhelmed at times by Edmonton’s speed and physicality. With the home advantage, the Ducks will look to force a Game 6 in Edmonton, which could swing the series back to Anaheim’s favour. However, that will all depend on the outcome of a must-win game for the Ducks on Friday. Catch the game at 10:30 PM ET on NBCSN.

Oddsmakers have the Ducks as -140 moneyline favorite. The total is now at 5.5.

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