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Friday, October 25th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (7-3-0) at Ottawa Senators (4-3-2), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators hope to build off an impressive victory when they host the suddenly-struggling Anaheim Ducks in Friday's battle at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators seem to be working their way out of an early-season slump, winning three of their last four games after beginning 2013-14 with a 1-2-2 record.

The Senators put forth a strong effort in a road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, dealing former teammate Daniel Alfredsson's new club a lopsided loss in his first game against his old franchise.

Alfredsson sent waves through the NHL, especially in Ottawa, when he departed the Sens as a free agent by signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Detroit on July 5. It ended a relationship with the city and franchise that began when the Senators took the Swede in the sixth round of the 1994 draft.

Ottawa's former longtime captain couldn't have liked what he saw on Wednesday, as the younger Sens slammed his veteran-laden club. Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan each picked up a pair of goals as the Sens downed Detroit in the first meeting between the new Atlantic Division rivals.

"I would have loved to win this one no question," Alfredsson said after the blowout loss.

Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen added tallies for Ottawa, with Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson contributing two helpers apiece towards the one. Craig Anderson made 31 saves, upping his record to 4-1-2.

"I think we finally played a full 60-minute game," Ryan said. "We've seemed to put parts of it together in the past and gotten away from it, and tonight we didn't. Even when we got up a few, we kept the pedal down, essentially, and that was important."

Ryan will play his second career game against the Ducks on Friday after being dealt from Anaheim to Ottawa in a blockbuster trade over the summer. Ryan scored one of his six goals this season in a 4-1 loss at Anaheim on Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, former Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg will return to Ottawa for the first time as a member of the Ducks. Silfverberg, a second-round pick by Ottawa in 2009, has four goals and three assists this season, but failed to record a point when he faced his old team on Oct. 13

The win over Ottawa earlier this month gave the Ducks victories in three straight and six of the last seven meetings between the clubs. Anaheim also has claimed victory in its past three trips to Ottawa.

The Ducks had tied a franchise record with seven straight wins before setting out on an eight-game road trip. Anaheim has lost both tilts so far on the lengthy swing, dropping road tests at Toronto and Montreal.

After getting beat 4-2 by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the Ducks were back in action Thursday in Montreal, but were handed a 4-1 setback by the Canadiens. Tomas Plekanec had one goal and two assists to lead the Habs to the easy win at the Bell Centre.

Patrick Maroon scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who fell to 2-3-0 on the road this season. Jonas Hiller allowed all four goals on 25 shots in the setback.

Anaheim forward Saku Koivu, who served as the Canadiens' captain from 1999-2009, returned to Montreal for the second time in a Ducks' uniform and was named the Third Star.

"When you lose, you never expect to be a post game star. It was emotional, the whole building was behind me," he said.

Thursday's game may have marked the final stop in Montreal for Koivu, who will turn 39 years in late November. Anaheim won't play another game in Montreal during the regular season, but the Ducks are scheduled to host the Canadiens on March 5.

After tonight's third stop, the Ducks will continue their trek with Sunday's game in Columbus.

10/25 10:47:58 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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