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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: FSD

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Senators Blog: Silver Sevens

Well, the first week went about as disastrous for the Red Wings as possible without losing a player to injury. Two bad loses down in the Sunshine State has left the team and the fan base looking for answers. The last lose in particular, a 4-1 drubbing by the Florida Panthers that was not even THAT close, showed some just how far they are from being a serious contender.

The Wings return home for their home opener against the Ottawa Senators and hope that the friendly surrounding and springy boards of Joe Louis Arena will put the spring back in their step that was missing down in Florida. No words yet on any possible lineup changes for the Wings but I would not be surprised to see Ryan Sproul or possibly even Nick Kronwall in the lineup and with known goon Chris Neil likely going for Ottawa it is probably a good bet Steve Ott will be going for the Wings.

The Senators are off to an interesting start. First they became part of history by giving up four goals to Auston Matthews in his first NHL game before beating the Maple Leafs in overtime. Then they jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Habs then gave up three straight before tying it up and eventually winning in a shootout.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Andreas Athanasiou

Frans Nielsen

Henrik Zetterberg

Tomas Tatar

Dylan Larkin

Riley Sheahan

Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Justin Abdelkader

Luke Glendening

Steve Ott


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Alexey Marchenko

Jonathan Ericsson

Xavier Ouellet


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)

Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Drew Miller, Ryan Sproul

Injuries: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Tomas Nosek (lower body injury), Tomas Jurco (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion) Villi Saarijarvi (wrist), Daniel Renouf (knee)

Senators Expected Lineups

Forwards

Mike Hoffman

Kyle Turris

Mark Stone

Zack Smith

Derick Brassard

Bobby Ryan

Phil Varone

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Tom Pyatt

Ryan Dzingel

Chris Kelly

Chris Neil


Defensemen

Mark Methot

Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf

Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki

Chris Wideman


Goaltenders

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratches: Matt Pumpel, Thomas Chabot

Injuries: Clarke MacArthur (concussion)

RED WINGS

THE MATCH-UP

SENATORS

0-2-0 (0pts, t6th in Atlantic)

Record

2-0-0 (4pts; t1st in Atlantic)

2.50 (t19th in NHL)

Goals Per Game

4.50 (t3rd in NHL)

5.00 (28th)

Goals Against Per Game

3.50 (t19th)

25.0% (13th)

Power Play %

0.00% (t24th)

62.5% (t25th)

Penalty Kill %

85.7% (t14th)

Tomas Vanek (2)

Goals Leader

Kyle Turris (2)

5 tied (2)

Points Leader

Erik Karlsson (4)

LGRW

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