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Defenseman Hainsey returns for Ottawa; Detroit sticks with Bernier in goal

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (16-22-5) at RED WINGS (11-30-3)

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


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will have defenseman Ron Hainsey back in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, when they try to end their five-game winless streak.

The 38-year-old hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 19. The Senators are 0-4-1 in their past five games, including a 6-1 loss at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Jonathan Bernier will start in goal for Detroit, which is 2-8-0 in its past 10 games but is coming off a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, a game the Red Wings trailed 2-0 and 3-2. Center Frans Nielsen had two goals in the win after scoring one in his first 38 games.


Players to watch

Senators forward Anthony Duclair had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win at Detroit on Nov. 19.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"It's easy to look at (Detroit's) record and think it's going to be an easy night, but it isn't going to be. They have some really talented players, their goalies are playing well for them and they've been a little better lately. We're never going to take anyone lightly because on most nights, the other team is better than us on paper." -- Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot

"We've just to play better than we did the first two times. D.J. Smith is a really good coach and they come at you hard, but I don't think we played well either time we've faced them. They forecheck hard and they have some wingers who can really stretch the ice, and that's given us problems. We just have to play smart, efficient hockey." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on his team's 0-2-0 record against Ottawa


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Anthony Duclair -- Artem Anisimov -- Drake Batherson

Tyler Ennis -- Colin White -- Rudolfs Balcers

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Filip Chlapik

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Mike Reilly -- Cody Goloubef

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Andreas Englund, Scott Sabourin

Injured: Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Nick Paul (ankle)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Adam Erne

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Justin Abdelkader -- Christoffer Ehn -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Madison Bowey -- Filip Hronek

Brian Lashoff -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Brendan Perlini

Injured : Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report

Borowiecki (illness) will be a game-time decision. … Hogberg will start against Detroit, with Anderson scheduled to play Saturday against the Canadiens in Ottawa. … Nielsen is expected to play despite an illness that kept him out of practice Thursday.


Stat pack

Chabot has six points (one goal, five assists) and is plus-5 in eight games against the Red Wings. … Bernier is 4-3-0 with a .937 save percentage in his past eight games. He is the only Red Wings goalie to win a game since Jimmy Howard defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Oct. 29.

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