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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Senators

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7:00p ET, Canadian Tire Centre

Ottawa, Ontario

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, TVA

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Senators Blog: Silver Sevens

Happy Halloween, my little creepies! It's the spookiest night of the year, and what could be more scary than watching two under-performing teams play hockey?!

Sigh.

Look, I was at the game last night. I watched it happen. I'm not sure what to say, other than it was pretty ugly. Anyways, today is a new day. The Red Wings did a decent job at out-possessing the Senators, but just couldn't put the biscuit in the basket more, which at the end of the night, is what means more. This marks the fourth time the Wings are on a back-to-back in the month of October, and it's rough considering the team is injured, and missing some key players. Thankfully, we won't have another back-to-back for some time, and can believe that Pavel Datsyuk will be back within the next couple of weeks.

As of now, we can't expect much change in the lineups besides in net. We know that Petr Mrazek will get the start. The Wings now stand 2-2-1 on the road, and are currently 6th in the division. Not good, but there's plenty of room for improvements. I know we all want to jump on the panic horse, but it's too early. Gotta believe they'll bounce back and make adjustments. The power-play has been very lack-luster, given the players deployed. Let's just go into tonight thinking that it's a new day, and time to own the mistakes made before, fix them, and go out tonight guns a'blazing, and win this game in front of a hostile crowd. We can do it, I know we can.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Teemu Pulkkinen Darren Helm Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (Starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson or Landon Ferraro

Injuries: Johan Franzen (Head), Pavel Datsyuk (Ankle), Brad Richards (Back), Mike Green (Shoulder), Kyle Quincey (Head)

Forwards

Shane Prince Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Matt Puempel Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alex Chiasson
Max McCormick Zack Smith Chris Neil

Defensemen

Marc Methot Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch Cody Ceci
Jared Cowen Mark Borowiecki

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson(Starting)
Andrew Hammond

Injuries: Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Mike Hoffman (lower-body) and Curtis Lazar (concussion),

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.