Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Senators
7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Senators Blog: Silver Sevens
It's only the 10th game of the season but the Wings are already getting ready to play their 4th set of back to backs, and their 6th set if you count the preseason. Caleb wrote the other day that the Wings schedule certainly isn't making things easy on them, but with the home and home back to backs, at least this time they'll be on equal ground with the Senators. The story line with the Wings continues to be their struggles to perform to their potential. The task for the Wings is to continue to improve on executing key details. Practice yesterday focused on the power play and a heavy emphasis on PP zone entry, an area of much needed improvement.
The Wings have struggled with a poor shot differential so far, allowing too many and not getting enough of their own. With Blashill's high even style of play, we're going to regularly allow more than we as Wings fans are used to, but not as many as we've been allowing. The Senators allow the most shots per game in the league with 33.3 while taking the 19th most per game with 29.3. With a league least 24.3 shots for per game, I'd like to see the Wings increase that number against the Sens and keep firing everything at them.
We need to beat the dirty Sens and not get any more players injured by head shots or dirty hits.
The Expected Lineups
|Dylan Larkin||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Teemu Pulkkinen||Darren Helm||Tomas Jurco|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Joakim Andersson/Landon Ferraro|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Danny DeKeyser||Alexey Marchenko|
|Jakub Kindl||Brendan Smith|
Scratches: Joakim Andersson or Landon Ferraro
Injuries: Johan Franzen (Head), Pavel Datsyuk (Ankle), Brad Richards (Back), Mike Green (Shoulder), Kyle Quincey (Head)
|Shane Prince||Kyle Turris||Mark Stone|
|Matt Puempel||Mika Zibanejad||Bobby Ryan|
|Milan Michalek||Jean-Gabriel Pageau||Alex Chiasson|
|Max McCormick||Zack Smith||Chris Neil|
|Marc Methot||Erik Karlsson|
|Patrick Wiercioch||Cody Ceci|
|Jared Cowen||Mark Borowiecki|
Injuries: Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Mike Hoffman (lower-body) and Curtis Lazar (concussion),
|SENATORS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|4-3-2 (10 pts; 4th in Atlantic)||Record||4-4-1 (9 pts; 6th in Atlantic)|
|3.00 (9th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.44 (18th in NHL)|
|3.11 (24th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.67 (15th)|
|16.7% (19th)||Power Play %||16.1% (20th)|
|78.4% (22nd)||Penalty Kill %||78.8% (21st)|
|Kyle Turris (5 goals)||Goal Leader||Abdelkader, Nyquist, Pulkkinen (4)|
|Turris & Mark Stone (10 points)||Points Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (11 points)|
LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!
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.