The NHL betting odds reflect the recent good fortune of the Anaheim Ducks. They state it's better to be fortunate than good. The Anaheim Ducks have delighted in some of both; as we go to push, they're in first position in the Western Conference at 46-21-2-5, but that consists of an unbelievably lucky 29-1-2-5 record in games decided by one goal. The Ducks will certainly test their luck Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, who will need a large slice of luck or find some four-leaf clovers if they're going to clinch a playoff spot in the East.
At 36-25-3-9, the Bruins are holding on to the last Wild Card spot in their conference after losing five in a row. Their 28-45 record versus the puck line is well below break-even at minus-11.50 units in earnings, but that's absolutely nothing compared to the Ducks at 27-47 ATS record and minus-27.57 units. Only the last-place Arizona Coyotes (33-40 ATS, minus-30.78 devices) have lost more money this year.
To highlight how overvalued Anaheim is, Hockey Reference has the Ducks at plus-0.14 on the Simple Rating System, leaving them seventh total in the West. Boston's plus-0.02 SRS equate to ninth place in the East. Game time for this match at the Garden is 7:00 PM ET on the NHL Network.