Ducks-Senators Preview

The Associated Press

The Anaheim Ducks have cooled off in Canada.

Visiting the nation's capital could get them untracked.

The Ducks attempt to avoid a third straight loss at the beginning of their longest road trip of the season when they face the Ottawa Senators again Friday night.

Anaheim (7-3-0) entered this eight-game trip having tied a franchise record with seven straight victories. It didn't take long for that to come to an end in Canada, as the Ducks fell 4-2 at Toronto on Tuesday before giving up the first three goals in a 4-1 defeat at Montreal two days later.

"We didn't play fast, and we didn't play our game," left wing Patrick Maroon told the team's official website after scoring the lone goal against the Canadiens. "We turned a lot of pucks over, which created their offense. We took a lot of penalties and shot ourselves in the foot at the beginning of the game.

"You're not going to get any momentum out of that. That's one area we need to clean up. We've got a game (Friday) to fix that. We need to play hard."

That hasn't been an issue against Ottawa (4-3-2). Anaheim is 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings, including a five-game series victory to win the 2007 Stanley Cup finals.

Corey Perry scored twice in a 4-1 home win against the Senators on Oct. 13, giving him eight goals and seven assists in 12 career meetings with Ottawa.

Ryan Getzlaf also thrives against the Senators, netting five goals and setting up seven others in 11 overall meetings after getting one of each earlier this month. He has eight of those points in the past five matchups since helping the Ducks lift their only Cup.

The Senators are looking to continue their recent improvement after going 1-2-2 in their first five games, scoring 11 goals. They've found the net 16 times while winning three of four since.

Ottawa is coming off its best offensive display of the season, winning 6-1 at Detroit on Wednesday in the first meeting with former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

"I was learning to be captain from Alfie when he was here and now I'm trying to do that," center Jason Spezza said. "We found a way to beat one of the best teams in our division and we'll try to use that as a springboard to keep playing better."

They'll likely have to step it up with their next three games against some of the NHL's top teams. After facing the Ducks, the Senators host San Jose on Sunday two days before visiting Chicago, the reigning Stanley Cup champion.

Spezza will try to keep doing his part after scoring twice against the Red Wings. His six goals and two assists over the past four games have all come in the three Ottawa victories. Spezza had just one goal and one assist in his first four games, failing to get a point while mustering one shot at Anaheim.

Bobby Ryan had a goal in that matchup, his first against the Ducks since they traded him to Ottawa during the summer. The left wing's six goals are second to Spezza's team-leading seven.

Jakob Silfverberg, the key piece to the Ryan trade, has just two assists in his last six games for Anaheim after scoring three goals in his first four games with the Ducks.

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