Everybody made such a big deal about how tough the Senators schedule was to start the season, but the Anaheim Ducks are going through a stretch that makes Ottawa’s look like a walk in the park.
On Tuesday in Toronto, they played the first of an eight-game-in-14 day road trip. This week is particularly taxing. After the Leafs on Tuesday, they were in Montreal Thursday before having to be in Ottawa for Friday’s tilt.
This is the only time during the trip the Ducks play back to back games.
Against a team in its second outing in 24 hours, it would figure that the Senators best chance at success is to play the body as much as possible, physically wear the Ducks down so that by the third period, they are drained and mistake prone.
But that’s not the plan.
“We just want to play our game,” Kyle Turris said Friday morning. “Just skate. Skating, after you’ve played two games in three nights and this is your third in four … just getting your legs moving is tough to do. You want to slow it down. You want to play in the zone. You don’t want to be transitioning. If we come out and play our game, quick transition, offensive opportunities, I think that will give us the best chance.”
Let’s see how that works for the Senators, who were dominated in a 4-1 loss to the Ducks Oct. 13 in Anaheim.