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Red Wings at Senators — Gameday Updates, Lineups and Keys to the Game

NHL: FEB 02 Red Wings at Senators Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Gameday Updates

Optional morning skate.

Still no update on DeKeyser as of this writing.


Red Wings


Tyler BertuzziDylan LarkinAnthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou — Valtteri FilppulaLuke Glendening
Darren HelmFrans NielsenTaro Hirose
Justin Abdelkader — Jacob de la Rose — Evgeny Svechnikov


Danny DeKeyser (Out?) — Filip Hronek
Patrik NemethMike Green
Dennis CholowskiTrevor Daley


Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard



Brady Tkachuk — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Connor Brown
Vladislav NamestnikovColin WhiteAnthony Duclair
Tyler EnnisChris TierneyBobby Ryan
Nick PaulArtem AnisimovScott Sabourin


Thomas ChabotNikita Zaitsev
Erik BrannstromRon Hainsey
Mark BorowieckiDylan DeMelo


Anders Nilsson
Craig Anderson

Keys to the Game

Build off Powerplay Momentum

Both of the Red Wings goals came via the man advantage last night — Anthony Mantha and Dennis Cholowski — and that was certainly a refreshing sight considering they entered the contest at just a 9.5% conversion rate (26th). Special teams will play a deciding factor in this one as the Sens own the league’s worst powerplay at 4.0%. Calling up Evgeny Svechnikov should add some depth to the second unit and if the Wings want to snap this five-game slide, success on the added opportunities might just be the way.

Finish Strong

Last night’s loss was probably the worst of the season for the Wings after carrying a two-goal lead into the final 20 minutes, only to drop the contest 5-2. This is a team searching for answers in the early part of the season and it hasn’t been the goaltending that’s let them down per say, but defensive zone break downs. With a group of young players up and down the lineup, they will need to show more drive in the 3rd period the next time the situation arises or else the losses will continue to pile up.

Simplify the Game

Even though the Wings played a solid two periods last night, there were signs that they got just a little too cute in the offensive zone. Speed is their biggest asset and they need to use it more wisely to their advantage when getting pucks deep into the opposing zone. Don’t make the dangerous, high-risk pass near the blueline, but get the puck in deep and use your speed to gain positioning around the opponent’s net.