SENATORS (21-30-5) at RED WINGS (22-28-7)
7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV
Jimmy Howard will play his 500th NHL game when the Detroit Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.
The 34-year-old goalie is 5-3-0 with a 2.65 goals-against average in his past eight starts for the Red Wings, including making 32 saves in a 3-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday that ended Detroit's three-game losing streak. Howard is 16-15-5 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 38 games (37 starts) this season.
The Senators, 2-1-0 in their past three games after a five-game losing streak, have scored at least four goals in three of their past four games.
Players to watch
Senators center Matt Duchene has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games and 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in his past 14.
Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.
They said it
"We're going to miss Mark, because he's been playing really well. He's back in Ottawa right now getting an MRI, but we're hoping it isn't anything serious. Craig is on the ice now, and he's still day to day. He'll be back in as soon as his vision is 100 percent again." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on injuries to defenseman Mark Borowiecki, out with a lower-body injury, and goalie Craig Anderson, sidelined with an eye injury
"Growing up in a small town, I never expected this. I always dreamt of playing in the NHL, but I didn't know it was going to become a reality. To play in my 500th game with this organization and the guys in this room is really special." -- Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Magnus Paajarvi
Chris Tierney -- Rudolfs Balcers -- Darren Archibald
Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie -- Cody Ceci
Ben Harpur -- Christian Jaros
Scratched: Cody Goloubef
Injured: Mikkel Boedker (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (eye), Mark Borowiecki (lower body)
Red Wings projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha
Thomas Vanek -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening -- Christoffer Ehn
Michael Rasmussen -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader
Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley
Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Dennis Cholowski
Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body)
The Senators recalled Archibald and Goloubef, a defenseman, from Belleville of the American Hockey League. … Forward Martin Frk cleared waivers and was assigned by the Red Wings to Grand Rapids of the AHL.
Stone has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Nilsson is 6-3-0 with a 2.12 GAA, .943 save percentage and one shutout in his past nine starts. … Vanek has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games.