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Red Wings vs Senators Game Day Updates

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

Red Wings Updates

Khan(!) gives us the lines from the morning skate.

Howard is in the starter’s net. Doesn’t look like Bertuzzi will be back in tonight.

Also, Martin Frk cleared waivers:

According to Khan, Frk will be assigned to the Griffins.

Senators Updates

For the time being, we have the projected lines from Daily Faceoff. It looks like there will likely be at least one change before puck drop.

Goloubef is a defensemen, and Archibald is a forward.

Red Wings Projected Lines

Nyquist - Larkin - Mantha
Helm - Nielsen - Vanek
Athanasiou - Glendening - Ehn
Abdelkader - de la Rose - Rasmussen

Kronwall - Green
Dekeyser - Jensen
Ericsson - Daley


Senators Projected Lines

Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan
Tkachuk - White - Stone
Smith - Pageau - Paajarvi
Harpur - Tierney - Balcers

Chabot - Demelo
Lajoie - Ceci
Borowiecki - Jaros


Three Keys to the Game

  1. Get the goals going early and often. When the Wings are in a season like this, the keys to the game are less about what is necessary to win, and more about what I selfishly want to see for my own enjoyment. The Wings haven’t scored 4 or more goals in a month, since a loss to the Flames (and what a heart breaker that one was.) Score 4+ goals tonight, guys!
  2. Don’t let Tkachuk be a punk. The kid is like the other Tkachuk’s which means he’s all about drawing penalties. Save the PK showcase for a Tuesday night, guys. On a Thursday, closing in on President’s Day Weekend, nobody want’s to see the fine wine that is Luke Glendening shutting down an explosive power play. We want action!
  3. Serve Meatloaf. This isn’t exactly X’s and O’s, but it is related to Valentine’s Day. There is one love song that exists to reign sovereign over all the other love songs. None can match the heart-splitting ballad of “I Will Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That.)” If the LCA doesn’t play this king of the heart strings then the whole night will be an abject and total failure, regardless of the on-ice result. Yes, I’m very serious. Don’t joke about Meatloaf.