Senators-Ducks Preview


With their offense clicking, the Anaheim Ducks seem to have put their struggles behind them.

Keeping things going, though, could prove difficult with the surging Ottawa Senators coming to town.

The red-hot Ducks put their season-best seven-game point streak on the line Saturday against a Senators team seeking an 11th win in 13 games.

Since posting six victories in 33 games Oct. 21-Jan. 4, Anaheim (16-22-7) has gone 6-0-1 - with its only loss coming 1-0 in overtime at Calgary on Jan. 12. The Ducks have outscored opponents 31-13 over their run and continued their offensive prowess in Wednesday's 6-2 win over Phoenix.

"There were times this year that we would have taken half of those and been happy," said coach Bruce Boudreau, who improved to 9-9-3 since replacing Randy Carlyle.

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who signed a three-year extension worth $10.5 million Friday, scored twice and added an assist while Jonas Hiller made 25 saves. Hiller has gone 4-0-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average over his last six games - significantly lower than his season mark of 2.93.

"With Hilly playing lights out in the net, we're going to be hard to beat," said center Nick Bonino, who notched a career-best two assists.

If in goal, Hiller could have his hands full with the Senators (27-16-6), who are averaging 3.4 goals during a five-game winning streak as the visiting team. Ottawa, 7-0-4 over its last 11 road games and 10-1-1 over its last 12 overall, hasn't won six straight away from home since Jan. 14-Feb. 3, 2010.

After falling behind early in the first period, the Senators scored four unanswered goals in prevailing 4-1 at San Jose on Thursday.

"We just had to weather the storm and get through the first five minutes without getting too bloodied up," goaltender Craig Anderson said. "If we hang around long enough, we always have a chance."

Kyle Turris notched a goal and an assist for the second time in as many games while fellow forward Colin Greening scored twice.

"We're very confident right now," Greening said. "This shows we're a good road team. To come in here and win is a testament to our resiliency."

Anderson, who has posted a 1.67 GAA while starting each of Ottawa's last 12 games, made 36 saves Thursday.

"Andy stood on his head again," Turris said. "It seems like every game he's making saves no one else can make."

Anderson, however, hasn't experienced much success versus Anaheim. He suffered a 5-2 loss while with Colorado on March 31, 2010, dropping to 2-5-0 with a 3.53 GAA against the Ducks.

Anderson could have a hard time slowing down Anaheim forwards Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, who have each notched four goals and four assists over the last seven games. Reigning Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry has six goals and two assists over that span.

Hiller, who has won both career starts versus the Senators, made 39 saves in a 2-1 shootout win at Ottawa on Jan. 18, 2011. The Ducks are 4-0-1 over their last five meetings in this series.

Perry has three goals and three assists during his last four matchups with the Senators.

Anaheim recalled veteran forward Mark Bell from its AHL affiliate Friday. Bell last appeared in the NHL during the 2007-08 season with Toronto.