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NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Canadian Tire Centre

Kanata, ON

TV: FS-D

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

Senators Blog: Silver Seven

Wings and Sens are right back at it with a rematch of last night’s tilt. The Sens really would have liked to have taken two points out of Detroit in their playoff run, but after getting one for the shootout loss, they hold a four-point advantage over Tampa with four games remaining. Interestingly, they are the one team with a negative goal differential currently in the playoff standings holding the one team with a positive goal differential out.

Personally, I guess I’m rooting for Ottawa to make it in, but it’s a toss-up for me between whether Tampa or Boston makes the other spot. I’d root for any of those three teams against the Leafs in the first round.

In the upside-down standings race, the Wings currently hold 6th, but are in a mess of teams that span from 5th (Dallas) to 8th (Florida, LOL). It’s possible that Detroit finishes above the Florida Panthers, which makes the Vanek trade funnier. It’s also possible that both Vancouver and New Jersey catch the Wings to put them in third, but that would take both clubs winning out and Detroit failing to earn a single point in their last three games.

In all honesty, what I want out of this game tonight is one that’s as fun as last night’s. Is it possible to get that while still losing in regulation to help the lottery odds? I don’t know; Let’s see. I’m not going to regret or feel guilty about having fun watching my team though.

LG?RW

Projected Lineups:

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Justin Abdelkader Dylan Larkin Evgeny Svechnikov
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Riley Sheahan
Andreas Athanasiou Tomas Nosek Ben Street

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: None

Injuries: Anthony Mantha (finger), Luke Glendening (ankle), Ryan Sproul (knee), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Johan Franzen (LTIR), Joe Vitale (LTIR), Drew Miller (One flu over the cuckoo’s nest)

Senators

Forwards

Bobby Ryan Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Viktor Stalberg Derick Brassard Mike Hoffman
Alexandre Burrows Jean-Gabriel Pageau Tom Pyatt
Chris Kelly Colin White Tommy Wingels

Defensemen

Fredrik Claesson Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf Chris Wideman
Mark Borowiecki Ben Harpur

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson (starting)
Mike Condon

Scratches/Injuries: Cody Ceci, Clarke MacArthur, Chris Neil, Marc Methot

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

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.