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Game 19 Preview: Detroit Red Wings @ Ottawa Senators

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Drake Batherson makes his NHL debut against an Original 6 squad

Detroit Red Wings v Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

After a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators (7-8-3) look to rebound in a divisional matchup against the Detroit Red Wings (8-8-2).

Ottawa has had four days to mentally reset from their last outing, while the Wings are riding a four-game winning streak. They are coming off an impressive 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30ET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, RDS2, and Fox Sports for our friends south of the border.

The Senators will be going 12-6 tonight, with Max McCormick and Christian Jaros having a seat in the press box as healthy scratches. Craig Anderson will make his 16th start of the young season.

Here are the expected lines and pairing for the Sens tonight:

Game Notes

  • Senators rookie Drake Batherson makes his NHL debut tonight. He has been red-hot in Belleville thus far, posting 20 points in 14 games. Boucher playing him with Duchene shows he has faith in the young gun, and he’ll get a great opportunity to shine tonight.
  • It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night, so make sure to wear pink if you’re heading to CTC for tonight’s contest.
  • Zack Smith returns to the lineup tonight, for the first time since suffering a facial fracture in Colorado.
  • Info on Detroit, including their lineup for tonight, can be found at our sister blog Wingin’ it in Motown
  • Colin White is good to go after leaving the game against Florida early, it’ll be exciting to watch what he can do with Tkachuk and Stone. That’s a nice-looking line.
  • Ryan Dzingel is on a four-game scoring streak, so let’s see if he can keep that up tonight. Though on a line with Tierney and Ryan, that may be a difficult ask.
  • It’s a Thursday. It’s a home game. So Ottawa will be wearing their Centennial jerseys

As always, here are some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Category Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.57 1st 3.10 16th
Goals Against/GP 4.19 31st 2.67 7th
Shots/GP 30.1 23rd 31.5 16th
Shots Against/GP 38.0 31st 31.1 13th
Powerplay % 25.0 7th 21.7 12th
Penalty Kill % 68.2 31st 84.9 3rd
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.92 30th 49.39 19th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.65 30th 40.45 15th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 10 Mikael Granlund 10
Assists Thomas Chabot 19 Mikko Koivu 14
Points Matt Duchene 27 Mikael Granlund 19
Shots Thomas Chabot 62 Matt Dumba 67
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:27 Ryan Suter 25:53