Morning Skate: Senators at Red Wings Preview

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 24

7:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, CBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Senators Blog: Silver Seven

Six to one.

You lost six to freakin' one to the Senators last time you played them.

That's crap.

Utter crap.

Gustav Nyquist is back to save the world. He should score six goals all by himself tonight. The bottom line is pretty much that you're a better team than the Senators. Show that on the ice tonight. Prove that Thursday night wasn't a fluke. Win back-to-back games. Beat a division foe. Get back on track.

Winning is way more fun than losing.

It's time to start streaking in the right direction.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Corpse Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Johan Franzen Henrik Zetterberg Gustav F*cking Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Darren Helm Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Crap

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: None

Injuries: Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), Stephen Weiss (groin), Daniel Alfredsson


SENATORS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
8-10-4 (20 pts; 6th in Atlantic) Record 10-6-7 (27 pts; 4th in Atlantic)
2.86 (9th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.52 (21st in NHL)
3.09 (24th) Goals Against Per Game 2.65 (15th)
18.6% (16th) Power Play % 21.1% (10th)
81.0% (19th) Penalty Kill % 86.5% (3rd)
Bobby Ryan (10 goals) Goal Leader Pavel Datsyuk (11 goals)
Erik Karlsson (22 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (26 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Bobby Ryan. He scores goals. Plus, you should never trust someone with two first names.

X-Factor: Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson. They do a lot of positive things on the ice usually.

Familiar Faces: No one. Daniel Alfredsson once played for the Sens though.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Ottawa): Paul MacLean.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Ottawa): It's in Canada.

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 16-9-1-0 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Senators.

  • Last 10 games: Ottawa 4-4-2. Detroit 3-2-5.

  • The Wings are currently 2-2-3 on Saturdays.

  • Howard is 3-1-0 with a 3.71 GAA, .885 SV% in 4 career starts against the Sens.

Prediction: Red Wings win 4-2. Zetterberg is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.
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