Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 25, 2021

Centre Troy Terry is having a breakout season for the Ducks with a team-best 12 goals and 22 points.

Ottawa
11-19-2
AT
November 26, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
Honda Center
Anaheim
19-15-4-3
Puckline +1.5 -165
Moneyline +142
Over / Under o +5.5

16%

Betting Action

84%

Puckline -1.5 +137
Moneyline -170
Over / Under u +5.5

16%

Betting Action

84%

The California Swing continues for the slumping Ottawa Senators as they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in the first meeting of the season between the clubs. The Ducks opened as -180 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Senators vs. Ducks NHL Betting Odds

Friday is the first of two regular season meetings between the teams, with Anaheim visiting Ottawa on Jan. 29. They didn’t play last season and in 2019-20, the Ducks won both games. It was 5-2 in Anaheim just a few days before the NHL shut down due to the COVID pandemic.

It was a memorable game for the Ducks’ Nicolas Deslauriers as he scored the fastest hat trick in franchise history. The winger completed a natural hat trick just 11:49 into the game. That was a complete fluke as Deslauriers had five goals all of last season and just one this year. He has 37 in 445 career NHL games.

Anaheim has missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons and was one of the NHL’s worst clubs last year. That was expected to be the case again, but the team has played quite well to where Dallas Eakins is an early Jack Adams Coach of the Year candidate. Eakins played briefly for the Maple Leafs in the 1998-99 season.

The home team is 6-2 in the past eight meetings. The under is 6-2 in those.

Ottawa Senators

We projected the Senators to lose 3-1 in San Jose on Wednesday and instead it was a 6-3 loss, Ottawa’s third straight defeat, all by at least two goals. Matt Murray got the start in net for the first time in about two weeks and allowed four goals on 27 shots to fall to 0-5-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. Josh Norris (eighth goal of season), Brady Tkachuk (fourth) and Connor Brown (third) had the goals for Ottawa, which led 3-2 late in the second period and then collapsed.

“We deserved better, a point or two,” coach D.J. Smith said. “We did a lot of really good things 5-on-5.” The Sens were 0-for-4 on the power play and San Jose 1-for-5. Blueliner Nick Holden (COVID) played for the first time since Nov. 6 and was minus-1 in 17:03. Several other guys remain out. Ottawa is 0-7 in its past seven vs. the Pacific Division.

Anaheim Ducks

We mentioned above the Ducks have been a pleasant surprise but perhaps they are starting to fade on a three-game slide, totalling just five goals. Anaheim lost 5-2 at Colorado on Wednesday. Sonny Milano had two goals (five on season) and John Gibson stopped 32 shots for Anaheim.

Centre Troy Terry is having a breakout season for the Ducks with a team-best 12 goals and 22 points. He had a 16-game point streak (third-longest in franchise history) end in the previous loss and was pointless again vs. the Avs. Centre Adam Henrique missed the game with an upper-body injury, and it sounds as if he won’t play for a while. Henrique has 15 points. Call it a hunch, but because Gibson has played so many games in a row it might be backup Anthony Stolarz (1-2-1, 2.98 GAA) in this one. The Ducks are 6-1 in their past seven at home.

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