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Game Day Updates: Red Wings at Senators

Ottawa Senators v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


The big question after last night is the status of Dylan Larkin. As of the time this article is posting, we don’t know if he’s playing tonight. We do know that he was making the trip, so it seems likely we won’t know until warmups, or even after that.

UPDATE: Dylan Larkin is out for 1-2 weeks.



Justin Abdelkader - Dylan Larkin - Gustav Nyquist
Thomas Vanek - Frans Nielsen - Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Glendening - Darren Helm
Christoffer Ehn - Jacob de la Rose - Martin Frk

Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson - Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard


Ryan Dzingel - Matt Duchene - Bobby Ryan
Brady Tkachuk - Colin White - Mark Stone
Zack Smith - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Magnus Paajarvi
Nick Paul - Chris Tierney - Rudolf Balcers

Thomas Chabot - Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie - Cody Ceci
Matt Borowiecki - Christian Jaros

Craig Anderson
Anders Nilsson

Keys to the Game

Play defense fast
I find that the Senators play very sluggishly most nights, so if Detroit can get the puck out of their zone and up the ice quickly, they should be able to find the lion’s share of the scoring chances.

Aggressive forechecking
With guys like Erik Karlsson missing, the Senators lack a veteran rearguard that they can lean on. Outside of their top-pairing, which lacks experience, it’s a thin defensive corps. If the Wings can get their fleet-footed guys forechecking aggressively, that could translate into some costly turnovers for the opposition.

Keep power-play unit going
This is self-explanatory. The Senators have Brady Tkachuk, who is an agitator. Keep cool, don’t get baited into penalties, and let the other team shoot themselves in the hot, then attack on special teams.