NHL Betting: Value On The Ducks To Break Back Against The Blackhawks


Four teams remain in the race for the Stanley Cup and if the conference finals continue in their current vein they may each go the distance.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks go into Game 3 having gone toe-to-toe for 116 minutes of hockey two nights ago. Marcus Kruger's goal finally ended an unbelievable game in Chicago's favour, a 3-2 road win which may define the series. Whilst the Ducks took the opener 4-1, both clashes have been exceptionally close but it's up to Anaheim now to retake home-ice advantage.

A physical approach has paid off for Bruce Boudreau's side, turnovers forced by heavy forechecking have been their most effective way of getting to the Blackhawks' defence. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been dynamite with a combined 30 points in 11 playoff games. Perry to score at 2.75 is a strong option.

Chicago Blackhawks v Anaheim Ducks - Game Two : News Photo

Aggressive play is always a fine balance, both goals they conceded in regulation on Tuesday were power play goals, with men in the box for pushing it too far early in the game. Chicago's top defensive pair of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are key difference makers, they are playing an increasing number of minutes to combat the physicality.

The Hawks already have the away victory in the bag and are so experienced at making deep postseason runs. But as it is so close to call, the value is with Anaheim to break back at 3.00.

In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers after 6-5 overtime win last night. Much like Chicago, Tampa Bay look in a solid position after winning away in Game 2. Alongside Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat on the "Triplets" line, Tyler Johnson has been a menace for the Bolts and leads the playoff scoring charts.

Johnson went undrafted in 2008 and is making a mockery of scouts who labelled him as undersized. Both teams have a strong first and second lines but the Lightning are edging their individual battles at the moment. New York have been outworked so far and the lack of goals from Rick Nash and Martin St Louis is becoming a problem.

It's been a surprise to see the number goals scored in this series with the quality of defences and goaltenders on show, but odds of 2.65 on passing the 5.5 total goal line once more seem a good option.

The Rangers rallied well to get to overtime yesterday but have now conceded 12 goals in the last two games. Tampa Bay have the upper hand and the momentum, take them to win Game 4 at 2.30.