Senators look to stop skid, extend series streak over Red Wings

Turnovers and defensive breakdowns have led to a five-game winless streak for the Ottawa Senators. They’ll try to correct their mistakes and end their slide against a team they’ve already defeated twice this season.The Senators visit Detroit to face the Red Wings on Friday. Ottawa’s most recent victory came on Dec. 23, when it topped Buffalo 3-1.New Jersey defeated the Senators in overtime on Dec. 29. Ottawa has lost its last four games in regulation, allowing five or more goals each time.Washington cruised past the Senators 6-1 on Tuesday.”They started coming in waves because of our turnovers, and I think when you turn the puck over on a team like that with so much world-class talent, they’re going to make you pay,” defenseman Dylan DeMelo told the team’s website.Ottawa led 1-0 after the first period before surrendering three goals in each of the next two periods.”The first period was really good. I don’t think we gave them a chance,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “The second period, we turned it over a little bit, but they make you do that, and they put the puck behind us, forechecked us, scored on the chances they got. We fell behind, and then they really came out and stepped on us in the third period.”The last four opponents all had winning records and hold one of the top four spots in their respective divisions.”This is a process,” Smith said. “Those are great minutes for our young guys to see how you’ve got to play to get to the level of being the best team in the National Hockey League, and we’ll continue to get better.”Ottawa plays against the team with the league’s worst record on Friday, in part because the Senators hold a 2-0 lead in the four-game season series.Ottawa defeated Detroit 5-2 on Oct. 23 and 4-3 on Nov. 19. Forward Anthony Duclair tallied four goals and an assist in those games.Duclair piled up 11 goals in December but hasn’t scored in his last five appearances.

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