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Notes: Timashov to make Wings debut in Ottawa

Fabbri, Bertuzzi and Lindstrom all available to play; Wings 5-4 in previous Leap Year games

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

OTTAWA -- The Red Wings will have another new player in the lineup tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

The team claimed forward Dmytro Timashov, 23, was claimed on waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs this past Monday on trade deadline day but had not been able to join the team in Detroit due to visa issues.

Because the Wings are in Ottawa tonight, Timashov can play.

"He hasn't had a chance to practice but he's been skating on his own," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're obviously down. We couldn't get him in right away because of immigration, so it's nice to get him in here tonight."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Coach Blashill on Timashov and the Sens' Bobby Ryan. #DETvsOTT pic.twitter.com/ZuvnSemH7B

In 39 games this season, Timashov had four goals, five assists and 83 hits.

"I think when he's playing his best, he's hard skill," Blashill said. "Even though he's not a big, big man he's strong on his skates, he can bring some physicality but he's got hands. He can make a play, he can do those things. We just need more depth of that in our lineup."

Timashov is listed at 5-foot-10, 192 pounds.

Blashill did not elaborate on which players Timashov would play with, preferring to let that play out after warmups.

Timashov will not be able to travel back to Detroit with his new teammates after the game.

"He'll have to stay in Canada here," Blashill said. "He has to pick up his passport. So he's hoping to get that Monday and get back for the game Monday night."

INJURY UPDATES: Blashill said forward Robby Fabbri and defenseman Gustav Lindstrom, who practiced Friday, and forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who did not practice Friday, are available to play against the Senators.

GOLOUBEF PLAYS FORMER TEAM: It was only eight days ago that the Red Wings claimed defenseman Cody Goloubef on waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

Tonight, Goloubef is set to play against his former teammates.

"It always happens that way," Goloubef said Friday after practice. "I think it's just part of it. It's a game that you're familiar with and you should know the systems so you should be able to execute accordingly, I think. It's fun. It's guys you know, guys you competed against all year and that you've gotten to know so it's just fun. It's just another memory, something you can take with you when you're done."

In 24 games with the Senators this season, Goloubef had a goal, an assist and was minus-2.

He said he wouldn't accidentally find himself heading to the Ottawa dressing room or bench.

"No, I wasn't there long enough to get that cozy," Goloubef said.

Nor does Goloubef plan to trash talk the Senators. "No, I keep quiet all the time," he said. "I just try and play my game and that's it."

RYAN IS BACK: Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan returned to the team Feb. 25 for the first time since Nov. 16 after seeking help from the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program for alcohol abuse issues.

On Thursday, Ryan's first game back in Ottawa, he recorded a hat trick and was showered with love from the home fans.

"I got a chance to meet Bobby this summer actually and I was real happy for him when I saw that," Blashill said. "I know it's been a hard struggle. Anytime anybody goes through that and can come out with a night like that, it's great. It's a singular moment.

"I'm sure he'll have lots of positives ahead of him, and challenges ahead of him but it's a great singular moment. It was a pretty touching thing to see."

In 43 career games against the Wings, Ryan has 14 goals and eight assists.

LEAP YEAR GAMES: Tonight will be the 10th time in franchise history that the Wings have played on Feb. 29, Leap Year.

They are 5-4 in those previous nine games:

1. Feb. 29, 1940 Lost 3-1 at Toronto

2. Feb. 29, 1964 Lost 2-1 at Boston

3. Feb. 29, 1968 Lost 4-2 to NY Rangers at Detroit

4. Feb. 29, 1972 Won 8-2 vs Vancouver at Detroit

5. Feb. 29, 1992 Won 3-2 vs St. Louis at Detroit

6. Feb. 29, 1996 Won 5-1 vs NY Islanders at Detroit

7. Feb. 29, 2004 Won 4-2 vs Philadelphia at Detroit

8. Feb. 29, 2008 Lost 3-2 vs San Jose at Detroit

9. Feb. 29, 2016 Won 3-2 (OT) at Dallas

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