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Friday, May 5, 2017

NHL : Pivotal Game 5 Matchup on Tap in Anaheim

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. After winning the first two games on the road, the Oilers dropped Game 3 by a wide margin, 6-3. 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.

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NHL Odds: Pacific Division Foes Face Off in Anaheim

After sweeping the Calgary Flames in their First Round series, the Anaheim Ducks have run into a confident and youthful Edmonton Oilers squad in the Second Round. Goals have been plentiful so far, with 20 scored over the first three games alone.

It looked like the Oilers were going to run away with things after two games, but after a dominant 6-3 win on the road, the Ducks pulled themselves back into the series and put the pressure on the Oilers as the series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 (10:30 PM ET on NBCSN).

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