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Ottawa is 1-6-0 in past seven; Detroit looks for third straight win

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

SENATORS (27-39-11) at RED WINGS (29-38-11)

2 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, FS-D+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try for their third straight victory when they play the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Detroit, which was 1-12-1 in its previous 14 games, has scored 11 goals in its past two games. Six Red Wings scored in a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The Senators ended a six-game losing streak (0-6-0) with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday when Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on a penalty shot with 16 seconds left. Ottawa is 4-8-1 in its past 13 road games.

The Red Wings and Senators each have been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.


Players to watch

Senators forward Matt Duchene has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games and is two goals away from his 200th in the NHL.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"We had an amazing day (on Thursday). We had three lines that were playing great and got 60 good minutes. We probably deserved to win the game before that, so things are better right now." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher

"I hope so. I enjoy every minute with these guys and being part of a really tight group. Even last year, when we struggled, we had a good group of guys and had fun." -- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg on the possibility of returning next season at 38 years old


Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mike Hoffman

Colin White -- Zack Smith -- Magnus Paajarvi

Max McCormick -- Filip Chlapik -- Alexandre Burrows

Thomas Chabot -- Erik Karlsson

Mark Borowiecki -- Cody Ceci

Christian Wolanin -- Fredrik Claesson

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Ben Harpur

Injured: Mark Stone (leg), Chris Wideman (hamstring), Marian Gaborik (undisclosed)


Red Wings projected lineup 

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha 

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Andreas Athanasiou 

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Luke Glendening -- Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Joe Hicketts

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet, David Booth

Injured: Mike Green (neck)


Status report

Karlsson missed practice on Friday, but traveled to Detroit with the team and will play on Saturday. … Stone is hoping to return early next week. … The Red Wings held an optional practice on Friday.


Stat pack

Karlsson has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in his past 13 games. … Zetterberg has 954 NHL points (336 goals, 618 assists), which is tied with Sergei Fedorov for fifth place in Red Wings history.

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