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Red Wings move Larkin to Datsyuk's line vs. Senators

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com

RED WINGS (8-8-1) at SENATORS (8-5-4)

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OTTAWA -- Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will shake up his lines in search of more offense when the Red Wings play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

Rookie Dylan Larkin will take Darren Helm's place with center Pavel Datsyuk on a line with Tomas Tatar against the Senators. Helm will play with Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening.

After missing one game because of a neck injury, forward Teemu Pulkkinen will return to the lineup and play with Drew Miller and Andreas Athanasiou. Joakim Andersson will be scratched.

The Red Wings scored five goals against the Senators Oct. 31; since then they have been held to two goals or fewer in each of their past six games.

"The biggest thing here, especially in the last game (a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday), is we have to hit the net more," Blashill said. "We had 18 missed nets and that's not counting blocks. If you turn half of those into shots, you've got 32 shots," he said. "We've got to do a better job of hitting nets and create seconds [chances]."

The Senators have given up an average of 34.6 shots a game, the most in the NHL, but Blashill said that won't necessarily make the Red Wings' job easier.

"We try to really concentrate way more on ourselves," he said. "No matter who you play against, if you have opportunities and you don't hit the net, it doesn’t matter."

Datsyuk returned two games ago after missing the start of the season recovering from ankle surgery. He hasn't had a point while averaging 20:13 of ice time.

"He didn't have training camp, and then on top of that he didn't have the beginning of the season," Blashill said. "As good as Pav [Datsyuk] is, he had major surgery he had to recover from. I was cautionary on that as Pav came back in the lineup. There was this thought he was going to jump in and it was going to be the 100 percent Pav. I think he's 100 percent from a health standpoint, but that doesn't mean you're 100 percent stepping in when you haven't played at all."

Jimmy Howard will start in goal for the Red Wings.

Top center Kyle Turris will play for the Senators after missing practice Sunday. Turris was shaken up after a collision with New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello on Saturday.

"It's just bumps and bruises over the course of the season. It's fine," Turris said Monday.

Craig Anderson will be in goal for the Senators. He will be backed up by Matt O'Connor, who was called up from Binghamton Senators of American Hockey League to replace Andrew Hammond. Hammond took two shots off the mask against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and another in practice Sunday.

"[Hammond] got banged up yesterday in practice and he got banged up the last couple of games," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "He's just not feeling good. I don't think it's any one single thing; I think it's a whole bunch of high, hard ones."

Here are the projected lineups:

RED WINGS

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar - Pavel Datsyuk - Dylan Larkin

Riley Sheahan - Luke Glendening - Darren Helm

Drew Miller - Andreas Athanasiou - Teemu Pulkkinen

Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser - Jonathan Ericsson

Jakub Kindl - Alexey Marchenko

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion), Brad Richards (back), Kyle Quincey (ankle), Landon Ferraro (knee), Brendan Smith (illness)

Scratched: Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco

SENATORS

Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Matt Puempel - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Milan Michalek - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Curtis Lazar - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Matt O'Connor

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Andrew Hammond (undisclosed), Jared Cowen (undisclosed)

Scratched: Shane Prince

Status report: Turris hasn't missed a game since joining the Senators in December, 2011 (229 games).

Who's hot: Karlsson has three goals and two assists in his past three games. … Ryan has two goals and four assists in his past five games. … Zibanejad has five assists in his past five games. … Kronwall has two assists in his past two games.

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