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Senators, Ducks look to reverse losing streaks
Last in the Eastern Conference and on an eight-game losing streak, the Ottawa Senators will run into a team Wednesday as desperate as they are for a victory.
That's the Anaheim Ducks, on their own eight-game losing streak, who have hit the skids after it looked as if they had revived their season with six victories in their first seven games in December.
The two scuffling teams will meet Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif.
The Senators are last in the Eastern Conference, and their 35 points are the lowest in the NHL. They also have an NHL-worst minus-36 goal differential.
But that doesn't mean the Senators haven't scored goals of late. In each of their four most recent losses, they scored at least three goals and have a 3.25 goals-per-game average in that four-game stretch.
The Senators will open their three-game California road trip Wednesday after a high-scoring, 5-4 duel against a victorious Carolina Hurricanes team that has started to escape its own doldrums of late.
"It's frustrating right now," Ottawa center Chris Tierney said after Sunday's game against the Hurricanes. "It seems like we're doing a lot of things right at times, but it seems like whenever we make a mistake it ends up in the back of our net. ... We're not doing enough little things to win right now. It just seems like every (game) it's something else and we need to get everything going at once."
For the Ducks, it has been the big things, primarily with scoring goals. Anaheim is 30th in the 31-team league with 2.35 goals per game. They certainly don't have goaltender John Gibson to blame. As of Tuesday, Gibson was fifth in the NHL with a .923 save percentage (minimum 20 games).
"There were a couple of games mixed in this stretch where we probably should have won, and I think those are the ones that hurt the most because those are the ones that were really close," Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano said, according to the Orange County Register. "... Those are the games you really regret because if you win those you're not talking about this.
"I feel like in previous years we'd win those games. Maybe we won them in overtime, but we won them and we didn't get to this point. Now it all compounds and you start searching for more answers."
The losing streak is the longest in franchise history for the Ducks, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this season.
And their scoring issues have only gotten worse. During their eight-game losing streak, they have been shut out twice, scored one goal three times and scored two goals twice.
During the past eight games, the Ducks have scored 11 goals. The Senators have scored 10 goals in their three January games, and have 20 total goals in their eight-game skid.
The Senators have four players who are day-to-day because of injuries: right wing Bobby Ryan (hand), defenseman Thomas Chabot (upper body), goaltender Craig Anderson (concussion) and defenseman Justin Falk (concussion).
While the Ducks have five players on their injured list, center Rickard Rakell is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 8, 2019