Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


You could say it was a combination of will, luck and a test of nerves. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid carries both a three-game goal-scoring streak and a bit of determination into Sunday's tilt.

The Ducks took a 3-2 series lead with a dramatic comeback and double overtime win Friday night.

Edmonton will use its speed and clutch scoring to get the road win and advance to the Western Conference Final.

While Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was vulnerable in the third period Saturday night, he has had a solid playoff performance this year. It was 7-1 by then, and the Ducks had come unravelled.

More important, Draisaitl's success against Anaheim is nothing new.

Sekura played less than two minutes in Game 5 because of an apparent leg injury.

McDavid, gob-smackingly, didn't have a point on any of the first-period goals, which included two by Draisaitl, two by Mark Letestu and another by Zack Kassian. "The one thing that our players will be told, and will need to understand, is that you don't have to win two games (on Sunday)".

"Leo led the charge", Letestu said. We've got to go out there and every single guy's got to work as hard as they can. "When he starts playing like he can, I think our whole team just follows suit". He was happy to simply quarterback his team's offence and watch the fireworks around him.

Jonathan Bernier allowed the remaining four goals and finished with 25 saves.

The rout turned the Oilers' ardent supporters into a pulsating, jubilant mass. Corey Perry then scored the double-overtime victor. "The older you get it just seems like the clock speeds up".

"Pretty great would be an understatement", Johansen said of the home fans. "Eventually, tempers are going to flare".

The Ducks have been on their heels at the outset of games all series.

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Fowler has been on the Ducks teams the last five years that have had 3-2 series leads and they couldn't close the deal in game six or game seven, so he's certainly not feeling comfortable.

The Ducks were no match for Draisaitl on Sunday, the same way the Oilers couldn't neutralize Getzlaf for much of the first five games of the series.

Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle says it's not all "doom and gloom" after his club took a butt-kicking from the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of their second-round National Hockey League playoff series Sunday.

"He's our leader", said teammate Corey Perry, who scored the double-OT victor in Game 5 to cap the comeback.

Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Drake Caggiula (36) fight during the first period in game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Getzlaf got the first goal of the comeback with 3:16 left in regulation, and Cam Fowler scored 35 seconds later before Rakell put the tying goal through a crowd of prone players to cap a stunning sequence - all with goalie John Gibson pulled for an extra attacker. Game 5 saw the Ducks fire 22 shots towards the Oiler net.

From Ovechkin to goaltender Braden Holtby and beyond, the Capitals need substantial changes to happen to turn the series around and force a Game 6. But in the face of the results, their truisms began to sound like clichés. "We expect Game 7 to be a lot tighter".

I needed some time to compose myself after the disaster of Game 5.

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. We dealt with that accordingly and have dealt with things really well along the way. "We have to make sure we do that on Wednesday".

The Oilers will likely play Eric Gryba in Sekera's place, perhaps on the right side with Darnell Nurse in the third pairing.

"We did whatever we had to do", Getzlaf said. "Getting the first goal was huge". "We've got a big one Wednesday where he can fill up the scoresheet".