Daily Primer Nov. 18: Ducks meet Penguins

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM NHL.com

Things haven't gone well recently for the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Something's got to give when they face each other Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Anaheim, which is winless in its past three games (0-2-1), concludes a four-game road trip at Consol Energy Center against the Penguins, who have lost four of their past five games.

"At the end of the day you've got to score, but if you're getting chances, I mean, I don't know what you really change," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the team's 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. "You try to go to the net just as much, work on those little things like stop at the net, get a screen, competing down at those areas. But ultimately it's a matter of putting it in when you get a chance."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes -- The Bruins have struggled on the road recently, losing their past three games away from TD Garden. They'll be hoping forward Loui Eriksson continues to produce; he brings a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists) into the game Monday. Carolina is hoping to have forward Alexander Semin in the lineup after he was forced to leave a game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday due to an upper-body injury. Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters is 3-1-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in his past five starts.

Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins -- It's the first meeting between the Ducks and Penguins since Feb. 15, 2012. Anaheim will be looking to put an end to its three-game skid while Pittsburgh will be aiming to snap out of a rare offensive funk; the Penguins have scored one goal in four of their past five games. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has four goals and three assists in his past three games.

Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets -- It's Calgary's one road game between a pair of three-game homestands. The Flames went 0-2-1 on the first homestand and are winless in six straight (0-5-1). Winnipeg saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Sunday when it dropped a 2-1 decision against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Jets were 3:12 away from earning at least a point in the standings before Mikko Koivu broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the night.

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