The Anaheim Ducks nearly blew it Monday night at The Pond. They coughed up a 4-2 lead in the final two minutes of regulation, but Matt Beleskey scored just 45 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks (-145) the 5-4 win, and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 6 is Wednesday night (8:00 PM ET, CBC) in Chicago.
Although the Blackhawks were the underdogs on Monday, they were slightly ahead of the Ducks on the Stanley Cup futures market going into Game 5, +240 to +250. This has been an incredibly close series thus far with three of the five games going into overtime and Anaheim ahead by a combined score of 17-14. Each team put 28 shots on goal Monday night – although Anaheim took all four shots in overtime.
Despite losing the game, that one-goal margin meant Chicago supporters got paid on the puck line at +1.5 (-245). The Ducks are still the most profitable team in these playoffs at 9-5 and plus-8.92 betting units. They also have the largest goal differential at plus-1.43, even though the Blackhawks (7-8 ATS, minus-3.89 units, plus-0.07 goals) have played this series close to the vest.
PICK: Ducks +127