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Ottawa goes for third consecutive victory; Anaheim 4-2-2 in past eight games

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (25-32-12) at DUCKS (28-32-9)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try for their third straight victory to match their longest winning streak this season when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

The Senators, who last won three consecutive games Nov. 19-22, are 4-1-0 in their past five games following a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

The Ducks are 4-2-2 in their past eight games after going 1-4-0 in their previous five games.

 

Players to watch

Senators center Chris Tierney has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games.

 

They said it

"A lot of teams have young guys in at this time of year that are flying around out there, that are doing everything they can to be in the NHL next year. It's not like you have a team that's not trying against a team that's trying. Everyone is still trying." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"[Rakell] tries to be a little cuter than me sometimes, but sometimes I'm a little bit more straightforward. We bring out the best in each other. I try to be more creative and not just chipping the puck up the ice." -- Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg on his chemistry with forward Rickard Rakell

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Chris Tierney -- Connor Brown

Rudolfs Balcers -- Colin White -- Bobby Ryan

Anthony Duclair -- Nick Paul -- Jayce Hawryluk

Mikkel Boedker -- Matthew Peca -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mike Reilly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Englund -- Christian Wolanin

Craig Anderson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Filip Gustavsson

Injured: Artem Anisimov (upper body), Mark Borowiecki (ankle), Anders Nilsson (concussion)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Sonny Milano -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Danton Heinen

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Kiefer Sherwood

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Andrew Agozzino -- Carter Rowney

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

Matt Irwin -- Josh Manson

Christian Djoos -- Jani Hakanpaa

Ryan Miller

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: David Backes

Injured: Cam Fowler (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (upper body), John Gibson (groin)

 

Status report

Hoberg returned to practice on Monday after taking a leave of absence for personal reasons on March 2. … Smith said he had not yet decided on a starting goalie. … Neither team held a morning skate. … Gudbranson, a defenseman, will be a game-time decision. … With the injury to Gibson, a goalie, continuing to linger, Stolarz was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Monday and could dress as Miller's backup.

 

Stat pack

Hawryluk has an NHL career-long four-game point streak (one goal, three assists). … Milano has five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games since he was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 24.

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