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Detroit tries to extend point streak to six games; Nilsson expected in goal for Ottawa

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (8-11-1) at RED WINGS (7-12-3)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV


The Game

Mike Green will return for the Detroit Red Wings as they try to extend their point streak to six games when they play the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Detroit is 3-0-2 in its past five games, including 1-0-2 on a California trip that saw all three games go to overtime. Green will play after missing the final game of the road trip, a 4-3 shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

The Senators are 4-2-0 in their past six games but are coming off a 4-2 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Anders Nilsson, who is 4-1-0 with a .932 save percentage in his past five games, will start in goal for Ottawa.


Players to watch

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 15 points (11 goals, four assists).

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"It's good to get back. I watched the Red Wings as a kid. I came to many, many games. I watched (Bob) Probert and (Steve) Yzerman and cheered those guys on, so it's certainly special to come back here and coach here." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith, who grew up across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario

"We divide our year into five-game segments, so we've been through four of them. In two we've been the equivalent of a playoff team and in two we haven't. So that says to the team that if we play good hockey, we play like a playoff team. Now we're in the middle of another five-game segment where we've got two points with three games to go. We want to get six total." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

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

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Max Veronneau

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Artem Anisimov (groin), Bobby Ryan (illness)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne

Jonathan Ericsson -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Mike Green

Dylan McIlrath -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Justin Abdelkader, Alex Biega

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Patrik Nemeth (illness)


Status report

Veronneau will make his season debut. He was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Hronek will be a game-time decision after missing the past two games with a leg injury.


Stat pack

Ennis has scored in consecutive games. He's scored goals in three straight one other time in the NHL, March 30-April 3, 2012. … Fabbri has six points (two goals, four assists) in five games since being traded from to the Red Wings by the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 8.

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