The Anaheim Ducks (21-26-5) will travel to Canada to take on the Ottawa Senators (18-24-10) on Tuesday. These two teams are, oddly enough, equal in their respective standings. Both are 7th in their division, and 14th in their conference. The only ranking where they don’t share a spot is the overall league standings, where the Ducks are just one point ahead of the Senators. These teams haven’t played each other in nearly a year. Their last meeting was on February 7th of last year. In the game, the Senators shutout the Ducks with a 4-0 victory. Ottawa won both of the games between these teams last season
Ducks Seek RedemptionAnaheim has a long road ahead of them if they want to start climbing the Pacific Division rankings. While their neighbor in the standings is only one point ahead of them, the next closest team sits at over ten points ahead. The Ducks haven’t taken home a win against the Ottawa Senators since December 6th, 2017. That means, going into their game on Tuesday, the Ducks will have not taken home a victory against the Sens in 790 days. Luckily for them, they’ll be heading into the game with at least some momentum following a win against the LA Kings on February 1st. The final score was 3-1, and it had been the third of five games that the California teams will play this season. Each of the Ducks’ three goal scorers had one apiece- Derek Grant, Max Jones, and Jacob Larsson. The real hero for the Ducks that night was their goaltender, though. Ryan Miller was able to stop 46 of 47 shots to lead his team to victory. This game also put him in first place in wins by an American born goaltender.
Senators Hope to Pass Ducks
One of the few teams that can understand the Ducks’ current struggle is the Ottawa Senators. As mentioned before, these teams are only separated by one point in the league standings going into this matchup. And, like the Ducks, if they don’t change up the way they’re playing quickly, they’re not going to have a shot at a wildcard spot. They did manage one point in their most recent outing, however. On Saturday, February 1st, the Senators took to the road to challenge the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the Leafs being third in the division and well above Ottawa in most stats, the Sens were able to hold their ground and force overtime. Ottawa’s first and only goal was scored in the second period by Mark Borowiecki. Craig Anderson was in net for the Senators that night and managed to keep the score tied despite several late game, high danger chances from the Leafs top players. Anderson came away with a .944 save percentage on the night after stopping 36 of 34 shots.
- Ottawa is 8-4-4 when outshot by their opponent at home.
- Ottawa is 11-8-2 overall when scoring first.
- Anaheim is 2-8-2 when outshooting their opponent on the road.
- Anaheim is 0-8-1 when trailing after the first period on the road.