Preview: Senators at Ducks
A frustrating eight-game winless streak has sent the Anaheim Ducks spiraling into fourth place in the Pacific Division while the same run of futility has dropped the Ottawa Senators into last place in the NHL. The sputtering teams are intent to prove that eight is enough as they bid to regain their footing at the other's expense on Wednesday when they meet at Honda Center in Anaheim.
"If there is one issue, it's a lot easier to fix. It's a matter of buckling down, getting in a groove again and playing the right way shift in, shift out," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "There are small areas of the game we're making mistakes all the time. When they're repeated mistakes, that's when it hurts you." The Ducks are coming off their second shutout loss in their last six outings and have seen their 30th-ranked offense muster a total of just 11 goals during the team's winless skid (0-6-2). On the flip side, Ottawa has been quite generous as it has allowed 37 tallies during the longest winless streak (0-7-1) in franchise history since November 1997. "We're not doing enough of the little things to win right now and it (stinks)," Senators forward Chris Tierney said.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, TSN5, RDS (Ottawa), Prime Ticket (Anaheim)
ABOUT THE SENATORS (15-23-5): Matt Duchene has scored in three straight games and six times in his last eight to boost his goal total to 18, but his availability for the entire California road trip is in limbo with his pregnant wife due to give birth soon. Ryan Dzingel scored in his second straight contest and increased his goal total to four during his four-game point streak with his 17th tally in Sunday's 5-4 setback versus Carolina. The surge has the 26-year-old Dzingel, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, upping his trade value with Ottawa expected to be an active seller at the deadline.
ABOUT THE DUCKS (19-17-7): Ondrej Kase has scored nine of his team co-leading 11 goals at home this season and also tallied in Anaheim's 3-0 triumph over Ottawa on Dec. 6, 2017. Adam Henrique scored twice in that contest, but the 28-year-old Ontario native has just two goals in his last 18 games overall. Henrique is not alone with his scoring troubles, as Getzlaf (club-best 20 assists, 29 points) has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last seven contests.
1. Ottawa RW Mark Stone (team-leading 20 goals, 47 points) has four goals and three assists in his last six games.
2. Anaheim LW Jakob Silfverberg has been held off the scoresheet in eight of his last 10 contests heading into a tilt with his former team.
3. Tierney notched a pair of assists against the Hurricanes for his first multi-point performance since a 4-2 victory over Detroit on Dec. 14, which served as the Senators' last road win.
PREDICTION: Ducks 3, Senators 2