Wow. That’s a word to sum up game 5 in the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers’ series. If you needed a reminder, never count a team out before the clocks reads 00:00. The Ducks have a comeback for the ages, scoring 3 goals with around 3 minutes left in the 3rd period to tie it up 3-3 and go to overtime. In the 2nd overtime, Corey Perry made no mistake, as he fooled Cam Talbot and slid the puck past him to complete the unforgettable comeback.
If the Oilers lose this series, that game will etch a dark image in their memories in the foreseeable future. I imagine management woke up once or twice with nightmares of that game playing over and over. No, it wasn’t a dream, the Oilers did in fact blow a 3-0 lead with 3 minutes remaining.
Edmonton must keep things in perspective. Yeah, that is one of the worst ways you could possibly lose a game, especially after how controversial the 3rd goal was for Anaheim. However, they have to try and forget about the horrific ending, and realize all they need to do is beat the Ducks twice and they’re moving on to the next round. I’m just happy that we were on the receiving end of that wild Ducks’ win. The Ducks are pretty well known for choking, though, so losing this series certainly isn’t out of their DNA despite winning in such a way. Get our free Ducks vs. Oilers Game 6 pick below from Edmonton.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 6 Pick
While the Oilers have an immense amount of speed, the Ducks are a physical bunch that can wear you out. To the naked eye, I’d say most people believed the Oilers had more shots in that game. Not the case, as the Ducks poured it on and peppered Cam Talbot with a whopping 64 shots! The Oilers hit John Gibson 38 times.
This has been pretty common for the Ducks. They’ve been attacking Talbot throughout this series, as he’s faced an average of 41.4 shots per game. Anaheim has averaged 3.6 goals per game, which considering the amount of shots on net, that isn’t a terrible ratio.
The Oilers are averaging 30.4 shots per game in this series, so in total, we’ve seen 35.9 shots per game between the Ducks and Oilers. An average of 6.8 goals a game has been scored. The OVER has gone 4-1. Edmonton hasn’t figured out a way to slow down the Ducks at all this round, and I don’t think they figured out how to do it overnight. As you can see, there’s been a pretty common trend in this series. I expect it to continue in Edmonton tonight, with the OVER cashing in Game 6 of this crucial matchup between the Ducks and Oilers. Will we see a Game 7? Tough call. In any event, let’s look for more shots and goals in Game 6.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)