Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 25th 2022

Stadium: Honda Center Anaheim
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The Anaheim Ducks might not eventually reflect on Wednesday night's win over the New York Rangers as a turning point in their season, but the Western Conference club was able to win in regulation, which it had not been able to do through almost a quarter of the season.

Fresh off finding its first victory in 60 minutes of play, Anaheim will host the Ottawa Senators on Friday afternoon in the middle game of the Ducks' three-game homestand.

Anaheim, which sits seven games under .500 in a trying campaign under coach Dallas Eakins, had won five times in 19 games before facing the Rangers.

Three of the Pacific Division club's five triumphs occurred on overtime game-winning tallies, while two more required skillful play in the shootout.

For the first occasion, neither of those late-game scenarios were necessary for the Ducks, who managed to win for the first time since Nov. 15 after being swept in their recent three-game road trip.

That journey featured a loss in Winnipeg and two in three nights in St. Louis in a rare back-to-back set against the same road team.

However, the season's dismal moments were set aside against the Rangers, who advanced to the conference semifinals last season before succumbing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mason McTavish, Dmitry Kulikov and Troy Terry potted goals for a 3-2 lead after two periods, and goaltender John Gibson made the score stand up as New York outshot the Ducks 17-2 over a scoreless third.

"We just wanted to win a hockey game, and I've got to steal some games every now and then," said Gibson of his 41-save performance that moved him to 4-11-1. "Finally, we said enough is enough and were able to get the win tonight.

Possessing a four-game winning streak in the series, Anaheim will conclude the season series on Dec. 12 in Canada's capital.

Currently on a four-game West Coast road swing, Ottawa has dropped the first two matchups -- 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks and 4-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Gridding 31st in the league with a .342 winning percentage -- only Anaheim is worse, at .325 -- the Senators have failed to change their mediocre play against the Pacific so far.

The lone highlight in Wednesday's loss in Las Vegas was rookie Jake Sanderson notching his first NHL goal in his 19th game. While running the point on a first-period power play, the defenseman floated in a long shot that found its way in -- one of 40 that Ottawa fired on goal -- and captain Brady Tkachuk grabbed the puck after the momentous marker.

Still, the Atlantic Division club fell to 2-10-1 in its past 13 matches.

"It took a while, but I'm happy I got it and grateful my dad could be there to watch it," said the 20-year-old Sanderson, the first Montana-born player to score in the NHL. "I feel like I'm learning every game, but I like how I'm trending. ... Obviously, we're in a rut right now, but you try to stay positive."

The Senators aren't only in a rut, they're hurting, too.

Ottawa continues to be plagued by injuries, with defensemen Thomas Chabot (concussion) and Jacob Bernard-Docker (ankle), plus center Josh Norris (shoulder), all occupying spots on injured reserve.

--Field Level Media

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Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Nicolas Deslauriers' first NHL hat trick was also the fastest hat trick in Ducks history, and Anaheim earned a 5-2 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Known more for his toughness than his offensive prowess over his seven NHL seasons, Deslauriers had only 12 goals in 211 games heading into Tuesday's play. Against Ottawa, however, the forward scored three consecutive goals within a span of 9:04 in the first period.

His third goal came 11:49 into the game, breaking the Anaheim record for quickest hat trick set by Teemu Selanne, who had three goals in the first 12:58 on Nov. 10, 1997, against the visiting San Jose Sharks.

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored the Ducks' other two goals Tuesday, both on power plays. Rakell also had an assist, giving him seven points (two goals, five assists) over his last four games. David Backes and Carter Rowney each supplied two assists.

Anaheim (29-32-9, 67 points) kept its faint postseason hopes alive with the victory, moving within 11 points of a Western Conference wild-card position. The Ducks are 3-0-1 over the past four games.

Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for the Senators (25-33-12, 62 points). Ottawa had won four of its previous five games.

The Ducks scored five goals despite putting only 15 shots on net, matching their season low for shots in a game. Ottawa generated the vast majority of the offensive pressure, outshooting Anaheim by a 42-15 margin.

Ducks goalie Ryan Miller made 40 saves, including a perfect 10-for-10 performance on shots during five Ottawa power plays. It was the 387th win of Miller's career, putting him two victories behind Dominik Hasek for 14th place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

Marcus Hogberg had a much tougher night in Ottawa's net, allowing five goals from the 15 shots he faced. Hogberg missed the Senators' previous three games due to family reasons.

The Senators have only 20 points in road games this season, the second-lowest total of any team in the league.

Anaheim went 2-for-2 on power play chances, snapping an 0-for-13 slump with the extra attacker over the previous five games. The struggling Ottawa penalty-kill unit has now allowed nine goals in the opponents' past 21 power plays.

--Field Level Media

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