The NHL Playoffs march on tonight, as another couple Round 2 games take shape on Friday night. The Penguins did what they’ve been known for doing against the Capitals in the playoffs, frustrating them and winning hockey games. Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators got a late goal from a bad angle, setting them up for a 1-0 series lead in Game 1.
The Caps will have to comeback once again after dropping Game 1, 3-2 to the Pens. Is Sidney Crosby going to add yet another feather in his hat over this team? Game 1 would certainly indicate that. They have to give a thanks to the Maple Leafs, who undoubtedly softened them up in Round 1.
The Predators and Oilers, the road teams tonight, have the opportunity to take a stranglehold heading back home. The Preds blew a lead, and then grabbed the win right back. Former Canadian, P.K. Subban, played a pivotal role in that one, as he grabbed 3 points in the 4-3 win. Did you see that, Canadiens? Sorry, I shouldn’t throw salt into the wound.
The darling of 2016-17, the Edmonton Oilers, are taking the league by storm. Don’t want to believe in them? That’s fine with the Oilers, as it doesn’t seem to matter. They took Game 1 behind a 5-3 victory. At no time did they seem fazed, like it was just another game for them. And I think out of anything, that’s makes this Oilers team so impressive at such a young age. The Ducks will look to get at back tonight at the Duck Pond. Find our Oilers vs. Ducks Game 2 pick below.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 2 Pick
The speedy and talented Oilers looked like they took the Ducks by surprise in Game 1. By now, there is no reason to do such a thing against the Oilers. After posting a record of 47-26-9 in the regular season, the Oilers made easy work of the defending Western Conference Champion, San Jose Sharks. It wasn’t too much of a surprise, but if you were to say that the Oilers would beat the Sharks in the playoffs last year, you’d be called a crazy person.
The Oilers are capable of winning the high-scoring games, or slow it down and grind it out for a low-scoring win. Against the Sharks, the defence was on display, other than that 7-0 beatdown, I should say. Coming back to win the series after that loss speaks to the character on the Oilers as well.
Winning two in Anaheim isn’t going to prove to be easy, though. They’ve already secured home ice advantage for the rest of the series, and another win in Anaheim would put them in prime position. Just like their series against the Sharks, the Oilers are playing a much older, experienced team.
It didn’t matter against the Sharks, but can they do it twice in a row? Both of these teams are going to put up valiant efforts, and it’s still anyone’s for the taking. I expect to see a split in Anaheim and a split in Edmonton, setting up what should be an exciting finish to this series down the stretch. Anaheim won 8 straight games, dating back to the regular season, before picking up a loss in Game 1. The Ducks should figure the Oilers out and take a win before heading to Edmonton, where things are really going to heat up.
PICK: DUCKS (-140)