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Daily Primer Oct. 23: Alfredsson faces old team

by John Kreiser

Daniel Alfredsson figures to be a lot more familiar with the guys in the white jerseys than those in the red ones when he steps onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson will be wearing red, but for the first time in his career, he'll be facing the Ottawa Senators -- the team he played for from his debut in the NHL in 1995 until this past summer. Alfredsson, the Senators' captain since 2001-02, opted to sign with the Red Wings, with whom he has a goal and nine points in 10 games.

Both teams are coming off losses: Detroit dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks on Monday and Ottawa was beaten 3-1 at home by the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Here's a look at all of the action on Wednesday:

Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings -- The Senators will have Mika Zibanejad back in the lineup after recalling their 2011 first-round pick from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. Ottawa is still last in the NHL in average shots allowed per game at 39.4; the Senators are being outshot by nearly eight per game. Detroit hasn't scored since taking a 2-0 lead in the second period of its road game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The Red Wings could get defenseman Niklas Kronwall back after he missed two games with a concussion, but they'll be without another defenseman, Jonathan Ericsson, for at least two weeks with a partially separated left shoulder.

Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres -- Both participants in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2) have had a few days of rest after playing Saturday. The Bruins come to Buffalo after completing a two-game blitz of the Florida teams with a 5-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a game in which 12 players had one point each and Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots. The Sabres come into the game with a 1-8-1 mark and no regulation wins. A good start will be an issue for the Sabres, who've been outshot 138-77 and outscored 13-1 in the first periods of their 10 games.


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