Betting On NHL Hockey?
Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Calgary Flames taking on the Anaheim Ducks May 10 at Honda Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.
Daily NHL Hockey Odds
Ducks lead series 3-1
Calgary (50-35-4-3) at Anaheim (58-24-4-3)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Broadcast: NBCSN, RSN, TVA
Flames NHL Betting Odds: +1½ -145 +206
Ducks NHL Betting Odds: -1½ +125 -231
NHL Over Under Betting Odds: Ov 5½ +107 / Un 5½ -118
***2015 NHL BONUSES***
The Anaheim Ducks will try to move on to the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since winning it all in 2007 when they host a potential clinching game on home ice Sunday.
The Ducks took care of business earning a split in Calgary and return to a building they have won an astounding 21 straight against their Sunday night foe.
The Calgary Flames couldn’t be in a worse situation as they head into Game 5 Sunday. Not only have they lost 21 straight at Honda Center but they were outscored 9-1 in the first two games there. Add in the fact that Calgary’s power play has gone just 1-for-14 in the series and are 0-for-19 in their last seven games at Honda Center and you have to think that they may be playing their last game of the Season on Sunday.
Let’s start with Calgary’s goaltending – an issue that has plagued them so far in the series. Kari Ramo figures to get the start – he has been OK – not great. Ramo has posted a 2.85 GAA and .895 save percentage so far this postseason – not going to get it down, particularly against a Ducks team that is clicking in both ends of the rink right now.
Offensively the Flames have looked OK in their last two games – they have put six past Frederik Andersen and seem to have a little more life than they had in the first two games of the series. Johnny Gaudreau has five points in his last five games and Michael Ferland who missed two games in the series has also been very good – he has four points in his last three games. But Calgary’s best player Jiri Hudler still has yet to record a point in the series and David Jones has also been held off the score sheet.
For Calgary to have had a chance in the series, everyone had to be on top of their game – that simply hasn’t happened and that’s why Calgary will likely be eliminated Sunday.
The Anaheim Ducks have to be feeling good – they are 7-1 so far in the playoffs and outside of a 5 1/2 minute span in Game 3 when Calgary scored with 20 seconds left in the game to tie it and netted the winner five minutes into overtime, they have been the superior team by far.
Like I did for Calgary I will starts with Anaheim’s goaltending. Frederik Andersen has been sensational so far in the series despite allowing six goals the last two games. He now has a 1.96 GAA and .927 save percentage in eight postseason starts and at home has a 1.57 GAA in the playoffs. Andersen is simply outplaying the heck out of the Calgary keepers with little reason to think he will slow down at any time soon.
Of course the offense has helped Andersen out. The Ducks are averaging 4.00 goals per game in the postseason – the best of any of the teams left. Matt Beleksky has scored in every game in the series, Corey Perry is averaging 1.75 points per game in the playoffs and Ryan Getzlaf is averaging 1.50, Jakob Silfverberg has eight points in six games and Patrick Maroon, Francois Beuchemin and Simon Depres each have two points in their last two games.
The Ducks have the physical edge, the better depth and frankly the better players all around – they will be tough to stop the rest of the way.
NHL Gambling Trends
• CAL are 21-8 in their last 29 vs. Pacific.
• Over is 16-7-3 in CAL last 26 Sun. games.
• ANA are 23-8 in their last 31 Sun. games.
• ANA are 20-7 in their last 27 vs. Pacific.
• Over is 5-2-1 in ANA last 8 vs. Pacific.
• CAL are 2-30-3 in the last 35 meetings in Anaheim.
• Home team is 43-11 in the last 54 meetings.
By now it is inherently obvious that I like the Ducks to end the series on Sunday night – to think that the deflated Flames will win for the first time in 22 tries in Anaheim is a stretch to say the least. But – I guess stranger thing have happened! That’s why I’m going with the Over – 5 1/2 goals here – there is little value on the Moneyline.
NHL Betting 4* Free Play
Four of the five games in the series have eclipsed the 5 1/2 goal plateau and I think it happens again Sunday.
The Over 5 1/2 goals
This game gas 4-2 or 5-2 written all over it!