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NHL Playoff Picks Today: Western Conference Finals Game 1

NHL Playoff Picks Today: Western Conference Finals Game 1

Ducks vs Predators Odds

My Team's Next MatchAnaheim Ducks

The Ducks and Predators were able to make quick work of their first round opponents with sweeps, but things got tougher for both in the 2nd round, specifically the Ducks. Anaheim just beat Edmonton in Game 7 48 hours ago and the quick turnaround for them is not something many of the players are happy about. But you've got to be able to deal with adversity in the NHL playoffs an with this series likely to be another war, getting a win in that crucial Game 1 is the goal for both sides. 

The home team went 3-0 SU in the regular season meetings between the two, with Anaheim holding the edge 2-1. There is definitely a bit of a revenge angle in the Ducks favor for this series given that it was Nashville who knocked them out in Round 1 a year ago, but with the Predators being the more rested team, and likely the more prepared, it's going to be tough for the Ducks to maintain that undefeated run home teams have in this rivalry this year.

However, sometimes going out there on a quick turn around and playing on instinct and momentum can be a huge positive for a team like Anaheim, and the fact that they scored 10 goals in the two home games vs. Nashville this year suggests they will find some offensive success tonight; and in the series. There is no talk of "rest vs. rust" as there is for temas after a longer layoff, and with tonight's line basically being a pick'em, there is a bit of value in backing a Ducks team that is out for revenge.

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I touched on the advantage home teams had in this rivlary this year, but going back to their last six games played, the home team is also 5-1 SU. Anaheim comes into play tonight on a 13-3 SU run when coming off a victory, and that extra rest everyone covets this time of year may actually hurt the Predators as they are just 2-6 SU the last eight times they've had 3+ days off. 

Best NHL Playoff Odds

Betting on the 2017 NHL playoffs has been a wild ride so far, and now that we are getting so close to the Stanley Cup Finals, more great games and hopefully some strong betting angles will be in store. Don't be afraid to check out all the other ways you can bet on these NHL playoff games at some of the great sportsbooks below as they offer all sorts of different lines and options aside from the typical side and total bets we discuss with our free selections.  

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