In the fifth game of a best-of-seven series, the Edmonton Oilers will look to capitalize on their recent success in the First Round against the San Jose Sharks and the first two games against the Anaheim Ducks.
With home ice advantage in the Second Round, the Anaheim Ducks will look to capitalize on that advantage in Game 5. They finished with a 29-8-4 home record during the regular season, but lost the first two games to Edmonton at home this round. Look for solid effort from the Ducks, as they try to force the series back to Edmonton in Game 6.
After winning the first two games on the road, the Oilers dropped Game 3 by a wide margin, 6-3. According to Bovada game 3 was never close, and 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.
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.