Game day update: MacLean sticking with winning lineup

The skate is on the other foot this time, as the Ottawa Senators play host to the Anaheim Ducks Friday at The Canadian Tire Centre.

Game day update: MacLean sticking with winning lineup
Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes a first period save against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on October 4, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

The skate is on the other foot this time, as the Ottawa Senators play host to the Anaheim Ducks Friday at The Canadian Tire Centre.
If you flash back to Oct. 13, the Anaheim Ducks smoked the Senators in every way possible at home during a 4-1 victory, firing 56 shots at the Senators, resulting in plenty of soul-searching by Ottawa. However, that was a late Sunday afternoon game, following a 3-2 loss in San Jose the night before.
This time around, it’s the Ducks who should be the tired team, arriving in Ottawa in the wee hours Friday following a 4-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens.
“They were way faster, way quicker, way everything than we were (two weeks ago) in Anaheim,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean. “We were coming off a back to back, but now we have them back to back. How fast and how quick are they going to be tonight? So, that’s going to be interesting to see. But we expect our team to be much faster and much quicker than we were the last time we played them.
“They’re a very good team. They’re well coached.”
The other major difference from then to now is the Senators’ confidence level. After rolling into Detroit and defeating Daniel Alfredsson and the Red Wings 6-1 on Wednesday, their most complete game of the young season, they’re hoping to string some positive results together.
“We played well,” MacLean said. “But can we do it again? That’s the test and challenge for us.”
The sub-plot Friday is Bobby Ryan playing against his former Anaheim teammates and the return of Jakob Silfverberg, who went to Anaheim in the summer trade. Ryan went through a whirlwind of emotions in Anaheim two weeks ago, but he appears to have settled into his spot with the Senators, fresh from his first two-goal game with the Senators. He now has six goals and three assists in nine games, finding a comfortable spot alongside Kyle Turris. It was originally expected that Ryan and Jason Spezza would be a duo.
“That’s chemistry,” said MacLean. “I failed that in high school. I don’t know how that goes. I just know sometimes that when players are together, things happen. And when some players are together nothing happens. Maybe a month from now, we put (Spezza and Ryan) together and something happens. It’s just the way chemistry works.”
MacLean will use the same lineup he did against the Red Wings, which means goalie Craig Anderson will be back between the pipes.

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