Game 27 preview: Detroit Red Wings @ Ottawa Senators

Memories, memories... - USA TODAY Sports

A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings on 1 December 2013.

The sturggling Ottawa Senators host the Detroit Red Wings as Daniel Alfredsson plays his first game back in Ottawa. The Senators are nine points behind the Red Wings and sit seven points behind Toronto for the last playoff spot. There is still time left, but Ottawa is beginning to full further and further back and need to begin to turn it around very soon. Robin Lehner will start while Patrick Wiercioch will return for Eric Gryba. Jared Cowen will be a healthy scratch again.

Here are the lines from Felix Seguin.

Ottawa

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Conacher - Smith - Neil
Greening - Grant - Condra

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Phillips
Borowiecki - Corvo

Lehner (starter)
Anderson

Detroit

Franzen - Zetterberg - Nyquist
Cleary - Weiss - Samuelsson
Abdelkader - Helm - Alfredsson
Andersson - Tatar - Miller

Kronwall - Ericsson
Quincey - Smith
Kindl - Lashoff

Gustavsson (starter)
Howard

Some notes for tonight:

  • The Leafs hold the last playoff spot and are on pace for 94 points. To get 95 points, the Senators will need 71 points in 56 games or something like 33-18-5. That is the equivalent of a 104 points pace in 82 games. The Leafs are falling apart though, so maybe the pace could be a little lower.
  • Daniel Alfredsson hasn't ruled out returning to play next season...for the Ottawa Senators.
  • Jason Spezza has a point in four straight games and is quietly playing better.
  • Daniel Alfredsson has 19 points in 22 games or a 71 points pace over 82 games. There is your Milan Michalek replacement for next season.
  • The Senators are still allowing a lot of shots, but it is a far cry from the 40 and 50 shots they were allowing earlier in the season. WIth good goaltending, this team is capable of scoring enough to win games.
  • Pavel Datsyuk is still injured after being hit in the head by Jared Cowen last week.

Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.

Category Ottawa Detroit
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 13 Pavel Datsyuk 12
Assists Erik Karlsson 19 Henrik Zetterberg 19
Points Erik Karlsson 26 Henrik Zetterberg 30
Shots Jason Spezza 76 Henrik Zetterberg 96
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:45 Niklas Kronwall 23:46

Category Ottawa Detroit
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.92 8th 2.74 11th
Goals Against 3.19 26th 2.48 12th
Corsi Close % 48.1% 23rd 51.4% 11th
Fenwick Close % 46.9% 24th 51.8% 12th
Shots For 32.0 5th 31.0 12th
Shots Against 35.4 29th 29.7 14th
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