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Preview: Senators at Red Wings

Ottawa can move into second place in Atlantic Division; Evgeny Svechnikov to make NHL debut for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (41-27-9) at RED WINGS (31-35-12)

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

 

Senators team scope

The Ottawa Senators make their final trip to Joe Louis Arena holding the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They can move into second place in the Atlantic Division with at least one point against the Detroit Red Wings and a regulation loss by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Buffalo Sabres. The Senators also have a three-point lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card. The Senators have lost four straight games (0-3-1). "We've played good first periods but loosened up after that," coach Guy Boucher said. "We've got to play tight hockey for 60 minutes." Captain Erik Karlsson will be back in the lineup after missing the past two games because of a lower-body injury. The Senators will be without two top defensemen Monday. Cody Ceci sustained a lower-body injury during a 4-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He joins Marc Methot (finger) among the injured. Ceci and Methot are expected to miss the final five regular-season games. "No one in the NHL feels sorry for us," defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "Everyone has injuries. We've got to win a game with the guys we've got." Defenseman Ben Harpur was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League, and forward Colin White was signed to a three-year entry-level contract. White, the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut Monday. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in three games with Binghamton while signed to an amateur tryout. "It's exciting, but I have to stick to my routine and just play to my strengths, because this is a huge game for us," he said.

 

Red Wings team scope

The Red Wings recalled forward Evgeny Svechnikov from Grand Rapids of the AHL, and he will make his NHL debut Monday in place of Drew Miller, who is out because of an illness. "He's always had a great deal of skill, but he's taken major steps to grow into an efficient hockey player on both ends of the ice this season," coach Jeff Blashill said of Svechnikov, who was the No. 19 pick of the 2015 draft. He has 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 68 AHL games this season. "He's a very exciting player and I hope he gets a chance to show that here," said forward Tomas Nosek, who spent most of the season with Grand Rapids. Goaltender Petr Mrazek will start Monday and said he expects to start one more of the three games the Red Wings have remaining after Monday. He said he's hoping to play well for the Czech Republic at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. "I want to stay sharp in these last two games and take that to the Worlds," he said. "It is always a lot of fun to play there and I'm sure a lot of my teammates here will be going to Europe as well." The tournament will be held in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany, from May 5-21.

 

Senators projected lineup

Mark Stone -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Derick Brassard -- Viktor Stalberg

Alexandre Burrows -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Colin White -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels

Dion Phaneuf - Ben Harpur

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Christopher DiDomenico, Ryan Dzingel, Jryki Jokipakka

Injured: Marc Methot (finger), Chris Neil (finger), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Zack Smith (lower body), Cody Ceci (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen-- Andreas Athanasiou

Tomas Nosek -- Ben Street -- Riley Sheahan

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: None

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Anthony Mantha (finger), Luke Glendening (ankle), Drew Miller (illness)

 

Status report

White was on the fourth line during an optional morning skate run by assistant coach Marc Crawford, but Boucher said he will try him in different spots throughout the game. In addition to the defensemen, Boucher said Smith is not expected to play again during the regular season.

 

Who's hot

Hoffman has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games. Turris has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Zetterberg has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. Tatar has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past 10 games.

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