Anaheim took an early lead and consolidated its advantage at the top of the Pacific division, therefore booking a playoffs appearance two weeks before the regular season ended. Detroit had to fight hard until the very last round but four consecutive victories in late April gave them the 22nd playoffs berth.

Match: Anaheim vs Detroit Red Wings

Bet: Detroit Red Wings Moneyline

Odds: Unibet 2.40

The Red Wings were on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades, but the late-season rally saved the season. They finished with one more point than Minnesota, hence avoiding a first-round confrontation with Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim is anything but an easy opponent and the Ducks have a history of eliminating Detroit from the playoffs. There is no better time to avenge those disappointing results than now, and the Red Wings could prevail if their defensive stays strong.

En route to winning four consecutive games, Detroit scored an average of four goals per match while conceding only one. Anaheim is an equally strong defensive team, but one that is prone to inexplicable meltdowns, with the most recent one happening against Phoenix. Some players are very likely appearing  for the last time in the playoffs and overall the Ducks are aging and will have a hard time in keeping up with the Red Wings.

BetPal Tip:

Home ice advantage used to mean a lot in this series, but the regular season and the recent results suggest that the bookmakers are wrong to dismiss Detroit as underdogs. The Red Wings won both games in Anaheim this season and they are good enough to win the opening match. Punters are advised to take the odds of 2.40 offered by Unibet for a Moneyline wager and trust the visitors to prevail.