HRWager’s NHL tip for Friday April 15th features two of the three hottest teams colliding in a first round matchup. Since Feb 10th, Nashville and Anaheim have the second and third best records during this end stretch. Now they meet with the Predators holding a 2-1 season series advantage over the Ducks. However, this did not translate into making Nashville neither the favorite in the series nor Game One. What is the price on the Ducks and who has the better value to cash in for us all on Friday evening?
NHL Tips : Shaky Goaltending For One?!
Anaheim has an All-Star goalie that is going to start Game One but has very little playoff experience. Andersen and Gibson were both being giving starters duties at the start of the season. Both had their occasional stumbles perhaps due to their rotation. Andersen fell to an injury and Gibson has not looked back. With both being healthy, Gibson is a man with eyes in back of his head. A few loose goals and the lease will be yanked. Very hard to play confident hockey suspecting the hook is overhead. He will be more cautious in coming out to cut out angles and clearing the puck. This is where the Preds with Pekka Rinne have a decent advantage in the series.
Huge Special Teams Advantage
Here is where the Ducks demonstrate both their skill and determination. Rarely if ever does a team lead the league in both penalty killing and the power play. Anaheim did so in the regular season and this really crushes the Predators chances. They cant even outwork the Ducks because Anaheim shows such dedication to doing the little things every single night. Also places a damper on the hard checking physical aspects. Anaheim can be care free while Nashville will be behind the eight ball when a man down. Home ice advantage with the calls also is a factor. This is the entire series such the chasm in special teams.
Anaheim should win Game One. Total is five with the under getting near +104. Anaheim is the favorite here at the Money Line of -155. Your HRW Free Picks for this one are both the under and the Ducks ML. Choose which one matches your investment strategy better and click password confirm on those bets. Good fortune in this 10:30 PM start on Friday for Game One.