National Hockey League
Preview
Anaheim at Ottawa
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, December 19, 2014
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

The Ottawa Senators have proven to be a bit of a tough out since replacing coach Paul MacLean with Dave Cameron. The new Senators bench boss will face a stiff test Friday night as his team hosts the powerhouse Anaheim Ducks. Ottawa is coming off an impressive 2-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils - completing a 2-0-1 road trip in the process - while the Ducks are also on a high following a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Ottawa will go with Craig Anderson in goal against Anaheim after he put together his most complete effort of the season, turning aside 34 shots to upend the host Devils. "You do want to ride the hot hand," Cameron said, "but it's a lot easier when you have two goalies that you're comfortable with. 'Andy' was superb so why not keep him going?" The Ducks struggled offensively against the Canadiens, but ultimately prevailed on Matt Beleskey's team-high 15th goal.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS-W (Anaheim), TSN5 (Ottawa)

ABOUT THE DUCKS (22-7-5): Anaheim continues to get unexpected goal production from Beleskey, who came into the season with a career high of 11 goals but has already blown past that just 34 games into the campaign. A fourth-round pick of the Ducks in 2006, Beleskey had gone three contests without a goal before potting the winner against Montreal, one-timing a Rickard Rakell pass over Carey Price's right shoulder to break a tie with former Hart Trophy recipient Corey Perry for the team lead in goals. He has also proven to be a clutch contributor, leading the club with four game-winning goals.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (13-12-6): Ottawa made headlines off the ice Thursday, agreeing to make rookie forward Curtis Lazar available to the host Canadian entry at the world junior hockey championships later this month. Lazar has struggled with the big club this season - recording one goal and six assists in 27 games - but was a force for Team Canada at last year's world junior competition, recording seven points in seven games. "I want to lead and really feel I can do that," he told reporters. "We're on home soil and the expectation is for us to win gold."

OVERTIME

1. Anaheim is 6-0-1 in seven meetings since besting Ottawa in the 2007 Stanley Cup final.

2. The Senators have scored just four goals in their last four games against the Ducks.

3. Ottawa has lost 37 of its last 51 games against Pacific Division foes.

PREDICTION: Senators 3, Ducks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Anaheim 22-7-2-3 W1 10-3-1-2 12-4-1-1 4-3-1-0 18-4-1-3 6-2-1-3
Ottawa 13-12-3-3 W1 6-4-1-2 7-8-2-1 1-2-0-0 12-10-3-3 4-5-0-1
Last Meeting
Anaheim Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/25/13 ANA 2 OTT 1 28 26 0-5 27 26 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 2
Ottawa M. Michalek 1
Goals Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 1
Ottawa M. Zibanejad 1
Assists Player  
Anaheim C. Perry 2
Ottawa M. Michalek 1
Saves Player  
Anaheim F. Andersen 26
Ottawa C. Anderson 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 38
Ottawa B. Ryan 24
Goals Player  
Anaheim M. Beleskey 16
Ottawa A. Chiasson 10
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 28
Ottawa K. Turris 18
Saves Player  
Anaheim F. Andersen 759
Ottawa C. Anderson 683
Quickchart Matchup
Anaheim Off vs  Ottawa Def
2.79 GF
2.68 GA
30.2 Shots
34.3 Shots
20 PP
19 PK
Ottawa Off vs  Anaheim Def
2.55 GF
2.56 GA
28.8 Shots
28.8 Shots
22 PP
22 PK