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Senators' Phaneuf ready for next chapter

Makes Ottawa debut against Red Wings

by Paul Harris / Correspondent

SENATORS (25-23-6) at RED WINGS (27-18-8)

TV: 7 p.m., ET, SN, TVA Sports, FS-D, NHL.TV 

DETROIT - While defenseman Dion Phaneuf will make his debut with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings will continue to play Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line. 

Datsyuk scored twice and Zetterberg had two assists in a 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers on Monday. 

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill can play the two natural centers together because he trusts Brad Richards as the Red Wings second-line center and Dylan Larkin, who plays wing on the second line, doesn't need to play with Zetterberg to be productive. 

"Dylan can self-generate, a lot of times, regardless of who he's playing with, but it had more to do with my belief that Brad Richards is a second-line center, he did it last year on a Stanley Cup-winning team [the Chicago Blackhawks]," Blashill said. "With Hank and Pav it gives you a one-two punch up the middle that is a real important piece, but we wanted to take a little bit of a chance to, in [general manager] Ken Holland's words, get two percent better." 

The Red Wings have won their past two games by a combined margin of 8-1. 

"They're a real good hockey club playing well and pushing for a playoff spot," Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. 

The Senators have won their past two games by a combined scored of 11-1. 

Phaneuf was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs along with forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert, and defenseman Cody Donaghey to the Senators for defenseman Jared Cowen and forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg, along with Ottawa's second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.   

"I'm proud to be a member of the Ottawa Senators and looking forward to starting tonight," said Phaneuf, 30. "... I've got nothing bad to say [about playing in Toronto] … A lot of great hockey people who are part of their management. Nothing bad to say about them at all." 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan  
Zack Smith - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone  
Shane Prince - Mika Zibanejad - Alex Chiasson  
Ryan Dzingel - Curtis Lazar - Chris Neil  

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson  
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci  
Patrick Wiercioch - Mark Borowiecki  

Craig Anderson  
Andrew Hammond  

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Chris Phillips (cracked vertebra), Dave Dziurzynski (undisclosed). 
Scratched: Nick Paul, Chris Wideman  


Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader  
Tomas Tatar - Brad Richards - Dylan Larkin 
Tomas Jurco - Andreas Athanasiou - Gustav Nyquist  
Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Riley Sheahan  

Kyle Quincey - Dan DeKeyser 
Jonathan Ericsson - Alexey Marchenko  
Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl  

Petr Mrazek  
Jimmy Howard  

Injured: Mike Green (groin), Niklas Kronwall (knee), Drew Miller (knee), Johan Franzen (concussion).

Scratched: Joakim Andersson  

Status update: Green skated during the optional morning skate and is day-to-day.

Who's hot: Stone has a four-game goal streak, during which he has five goals and three assists … Pageau has a four-game point streak (2-5-7) … Zack Smith has two goals and an assist in his past two games … Datsyuk has two goals and two assists in his past two games … Tatar has a four-game point streak (2-3-5) … Larkin has a three-game point streak (3-2-5).

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