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Notes: DeKeyser being evaluated back in Detroit; Bowey in

Wings looking to snap five-game skid while Senators seek second win of season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

OTTAWA -- For the second straight season, the Red Wings are having trouble keeping their defensemen healthy.

Veteran Danny DeKeyser, who has already missed one of the team's nine games this season, is not available against the Ottawa Senators.

"Danny will be out tonight," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said before the game at Canadian Tire Centre. "He's back in Detroit getting further evaluation. I'll have more information Friday morning where he's at and what the recovery looks like."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Coach Blashill ahead of #DETvsOTT. #LGRW

Blashill said the injury is related to the one that kept DeKeyser out in Vancouver Oct. 15.

That means that Madison Bowey, 24, will draw into the lineup. Bowey has played in four games this season, has one assist and is even.

"Madison's done a fine job when he's gone in," Blashill said. "What do I want to see more from him? Play great. I think when you're a guy that's kind of in and out of the lineup, the best way to make sure you're in is to play great. Not play okay, play great. I think he's got good hockey in him. Come out and make sure he wins tons of puck battles.

"I think that's the No. 1 key for Madison, is when those pucks are loose in the D zone, don't extend the D-zone by not gathering it and finding a way to make a play, find a way to get the puck out of the zone. That, to me is just being super, super strong in all those puck battles will help him utilize the rest of his assets."

TWO TEAMS STRUGGLING: The Wings are looking to break out of a five-game losing streak while the Senators are looking for their second win of the season.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Ayeeee. #LGRW

The Wings last won Oct. 10 in Montreal, 4-2.

The Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning at home, 4-2, on Oct. 12.

Detroit is not in position to overlook anyone and certainly won't overlook the Senators on their home ice.

"I know they're gonna work," Blashill said. "I know they're gonna be hard around the net. I think they've got one of the best young D-men in the league in (Thomas) Chabot. I've watched him real close at the world championships. I think he's one of the best D-on-Dmen in the league. And he's not alone there.

"I think they've got some good solid young players that don't maybe get the notoriety. They've got a bunch of young good players that are growing in this league. It's hard to grow in this league. But they're growing in this league and they're gonna work, so we better play our best."

Offensively the Senators are led by Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has two goals, three assists and is plus-6, and Vladislav Namestnikov, who has four goals, two assists and is minus-2. Connor Brown has six assists in eight games.

While Detroit needs healthy defensemen, Ottawa could use some healthy centers.

Colin White and Artem Anisimov are both on injured reserve so the Senators called up centers J.C. Beaudin and Logan Brown from the AHL's Belleville Senators. Beaudin will be making his NHL debut.

"We got to play great hockey, I'm not really worried about what Ottawa has and what they don't have," Blashill said. "They got a good team that's going to work really hard for a really good coach. That I know for sure. I watched them play. They work hard. We got to make sure we worry about us. We got to come and play our very best hockey. We need 20 guys playing at their hundred percent level."

ERICSSON IN GRAND RAPIDS: Veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson cleared waivers Wednesday and reported to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tweet from @larryfigurski: Long time @DetroitRedWings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be in the @griffinshockey line up tonight, for the first time in nearly 11 years. The ���Big Rig��� as he was known here will also join us on the post game show on @WOODRADIO .. hope you will as well.

Ericsson, who is in the final year of his six-year, $25.5 million contract, is in the lineup for the Griffins, who host the Milwaukee Admirals tonight.

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