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#55 Ottawa Senators vs.
#56 Anaheim Ducks
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 4:05pm EST
Honda Center, Anaheim
Written by Chris King

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It’s an interconference clash on the ice out in the Golden State between a pair of teams looking to earn a victory. The Ottawa Senators are on the road as they make the cross-country trek to face the Anaheim Ducks Friday afternoon. Ottawa was dumped 6-3 on the road by San Jose in their most recent contest Wednesday night. Anaheim was dumped 5-2 on the road by Colorado in their most recent game Wednesday night. The Ducks own a 6-1-3 advantage in the last 10 meetings between the teams, including a 5-2 victory on home ice in the most recent matchup on March 10, 2020.

Ottawa Senators Hoping to Turn Things Around

Ottawa was doubled up in their second game back after a pause due to COVID-19 concerns as they fell on the road in San Jose Wednesday. The Senators enter this game eighth in the Atlantic Division standings, 22 points behind the Panthers for the division lead. They stood 13 points back of the Penguins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa is 25th in offense as they average 2.59 goals per game on the season. The Senators are 32nd in goals against as they allow an average of 3.82 goals per contest this year. Ottawa is 16th with the man advantage as they have cashed in 19% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Senators are 28th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 74.5% of their shorthanded situations this season.

Against San Jose, shaky goaltending proved to be the undoing for Ottawa again as they have allowed 13 goals in their two games since coming back from their COVID-19 pause. The opening period saw the Senators with a 12-11 edge in shots on goal and the game was even at one after 20 minutes of play. After spotting San Jose a 1-0 lead, Josh Norris tied the game with his eighth of the year at 13:29 off assists from Lassi Thomson and Brady Tkachuk. In the second period, the Senators had a 13-11 shot advantage with each team scoring twice, leaving the game even at three after 40 minutes. After falling behind 2-1, Tkachuk tied the game with his fourth of the season at 14:38 off assists from Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub. Connor Brown gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead with his third of the year with assists going to Tim Stutzle and Chabot. The Senators gave up the equalizer in the final minute of the period. In the final period, Ottawa was outshot 7-4 and outscored 3-0 to wind up with the loss. Matt Murray made 23 saves for the Senators, with both teams firing 29 shots on goal, in the loss. Filip Gustavsson is expected to get the call in goal here for Ottawa.

Anaheim Ducks Trying to Pick Up Home Win

Anaheim dropped their third straight as they were dumped on the road by Colorado Wednesday night in their most recent game. The Ducks enter this game fourth in the Pacific Division, six points behind the Flames for the division lead. They held the top wild card spot going into Friday’s action. Anaheim is 9th in the league in goals per game as they average 3.25 goals per contest. The Ducks are tied for 12th in the league in goals against as they allow an average of 2.75 goals a night. Anaheim is 4th in power play success as they cash in on 27.9 % of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Ducks are tied for 8th in the league in the penalty killing department as they successfully navigate 85.7% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against Colorado, the Ducks were overmatched against a dangerous Avalanche offense and took the loss. The opening period saw Anaheim outshot 11-8 in the stanza though the game was even at one after 20 minutes of play. Sonny Milano opened the scoring with his fourth of the year, on the power play, at 4:58 off assists from Rickard Rakell and Jamie Drysdale. They gave up the tying goal in the final minute of the period. In the second period, Anaheim was outshot 17-5 and outscored 2-0 to trail 3-1 after 40 minutes of action. The third period saw the Ducks with a 13-8 shot edge but they were outscored 2-1 to put the game out of reach. After giving up a pair of goals to make it a 5-1 game, Milano closed the scoring with his second goal of the game and fifth of the season, on the power play, at 16:07 with Trevor Zegras and Drysdale drawing the assists. John Gibson made 31 saves for the Ducks, who were outshot 36-26, in the loss. He should be between the pipes for this contest.

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Both teams stumble into this contest though the difference is that Anaheim is a) at home and b) still in a playoff position as this contest gets underway. Ottawa has really struggled after a decent start to the year and the COVID-19 pause did little to improve things for them. The Senators have struggled on the road and they have major issues keeping the puck out of their own net. After struggling to dent the twine last season, the Ducks have quietly become a top-10 team in terms of goals per game in the first six weeks or so of the season. That’s something that can’t be overlooked at this point. Anaheim is at home and playing decent enough hockey. They bounce back from their skid and put this one in the win column.

Prediction: Anaheim Ducks -169

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Ottawa has seen the under go 9-7-1 in their 17 games on the year. The Senators have seen an average total of 6.41 goals per game on the year. That number skyrockets to 7.14 goals per contest as the road team this season. Anaheim has split their 20 games this season down the middle in relation to the total so far this year. The Ducks see an average of six goals per game overall. That number slips down to an even five goals a game on home ice. Seeing how the Senators are struggling right now, you’d lean toward the over, but the Ducks have only eight goals in their last four games combined. This one winds up short of the mark.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.