Anaheim @ Philadelphia
Anaheim +160 over Philadelphia

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Anaheim +160 over Philadelphia

1:07 PM EST. OT included. You know who’s not surprised that they beat the Bruins in Boston? Anaheim’s players and coaches, that’s who. Anaheim is 3-4 after playing one of the toughest schedules in the league (Strength of Schedule ranks 6th). The Ducks have played Boston twice, Las Vegas, Dallas and Carolina in five of its first seven games. They beat Boston once, outplayed the B’s in the other game, beat Carolina 6-3 and lost 3-2 to Dallas.

The key to any promising rebuild lies with the youth and for a few years now, Anaheim has ushered the eldest of its youthful core to the NHL, headlined by Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and Mason McTavish. Against a daunting opening schedule, the young Ducks are already making their impacts felt under new head coach Greg Cronin. We're only a few games into the season, but the youngsters are holding their own and they give the Ducks a breath of fresh air out there.

Leo Carlsson, the heralded second overall pick in this summer’s draft has hardly looked out of place jumping right into the middle on Anaheim’s top line, centering a Zegras and Troy Terry grouping that is creating tons of scoring chances. Take a young team and give them a bit of momentum and they become extremely dangerous. After beating Boston, the Ducks have to have a little extra oomph in their step.

Philadelphia is also off to a great start with wins in four of its seven games, which has greatly exceeded expectations but the difference between Anaheim and Philadelphia here is that the Flyers are spotting a stupid price. Philadelphia was projected to be among the bottom five teams in the league this year and now after wins against Columbus, Vancouver, Edmonton and Minnesota, they are -180? This is without question one of the biggest overlays in the early going and it therefore must be played.

Sherwood

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Our Pick

Anaheim +160 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.20)

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