Tonight will be a milestone evening for two players as the Ducks take on the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. (4:30 p.m. PT, TV: KCOP-13, Radio: AM 830). Currently at 965 career NHL games, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is one appearance shy of tying Teemu Selanne (966) for the all-time franchise lead in games played. Since he began his career during the 2005-06 season, Getzlaf has collected 909 career points (258g/651a) with a +148 rating. Of his 965 career games, Getzlaf has served as captain for 602 of those, the most in franchise history. Meanwhile, Cam Fowler is one game shy of surpassing Francois Beauchemin (592) for sole possession of second on the all-time franchise games played list for defensemen. Fowler (260 points, 56g/204a) is also one assist from surpassing Scott Niedermayer for the all-time franchise assist list for defensemen.
This is the finale of a two-game season series between the Ducks and Senators, which has seen Anaheim post an 18-9-7 all-time mark (8-5-3 in Ottawa). The Senators earned a 2-1 overtime victory in the series opener on Jan. 9 at Honda Center. Getzlaf (16 points, 7g/9a) and Corey Perry (16 points, 7g/9a) co-lead active Ducks in career scoring against the Senators.
The Ducks are still looking for their first win of this road trip, which started with losses in Winnipeg (9-3), Toronto (6-1) and most recently in Montreal (4-1). After getting the night off on Tuesday, John Gibson figures to get the start tonight in Ottawa. Gibson brings a 17-18-8 mark, 2.93 goals-against average and .914 save percentage into tonight's contest.
The Senators rank last in the league in points and finish off a back-to-back that began last night in Toronto. Mark Stone paces the club in goals and points, while Matt Duchene ranks second in those categories. After missing eight games with an upper-body injury, defenseman Thomas Chabot returned to the lineup on Feb. 1. The 21-year-old d-man is having an outstanding sophomore season with the Sens, and was described as the "total package," by teammate Bobby Ryan.