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Detroit out to end five-game skid; Brown to make season debut for Ottawa, which has lost four straight

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (3-6-0) at SENATORS (1-6-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, RDS2, FS-D+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Logan Brown will make his season debut for the Ottawa Senators when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

Brown, the No. 11 pick by the Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft, was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League, where he had seven points (three goals, four assists) in five games.

The Senators have been outscored 11-5 during a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

Goalie Jonathan Bernier could start for Detroit, which has lost five in a row (0-5-0) since starting the season 3-1-0 and has been outscored 22-7 during the losing streak.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in nine games.

Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"We need two points in the worst way, and that's our focus right now. We're going to battle hard [Wednesday]. We need those two points. We've got to be desperate from the start." -- Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin

"He obviously has to provide offense. For me, he's going to be an NHL player, it's just a matter of when he can handle the pace of a 60-minute game every night. It's not just one night, it's being able to do it night after night after night." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on what Logan Brown has to do to stay in the NHL

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Luke Glendening -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Trevor Daley

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Christoffer Ehn Alex Biega

Injured: Adam Erne (upper body), Dennis Cholowski (undisclosed)

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- J.C. Beaudin -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef

Injured: Colin White (groin, hip flexor), Artem Anisimov (lower body)

 

Status report

DeKeyser is questionable after he did not play the final five minutes of a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. … The Red Wings recalled Biega from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to the Griffins. ... Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said White (3-5 weeks) and Anisimov (1-2 weeks) have each been placed on injured reserve. ... Beaudin will make his NHL debut.

 

Stat pack

The Red Wings have scored two goals or fewer in five straight games. … Abdelkader will play his 700th NHL game. … Nilsson has made 93 saves in his past two games.

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