Red Wings Look For First Consecutive Wins Since Start Of November

Matchup: Ottawa Senators vs. Detroit Red Wings

Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Television: Detroit-Fox Sports Detroit; Ottawa- None

It took nearly two weeks and seven failed attempts, but the Detroit Red Wings (10-6-7, 27 points, 4th place Atlantic Division) were finally able to earn a victory with a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night. The Red Wings will be looking to win two games in a row for the first time since November started when the Ottawa Senators (8-10-4, 20 points, 6th place Atlantic Division) visit for a divisional matchup.

The Senators were able to come away victors in convincing fashion during the first matchup of the season between these two teams. The Senators were able to score fast and often as they already had a 3-1 lead after just one period. They would go on to add three more goals for a convincing 6-1 victory over their new division rivals. The two biggest stars of the game were Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan who were able to each score two goals. Detroit was able to out shoot Ottawa 32-28 but only able to find the back of the net once on a Todd Bertuzzi powerplay goal.

Ottawa comes into tonight’s game having lost three games in a row to drop them to 7 points out of a playoff spot. Tonight is the beginning of a short three game road trip for the Senators who will leave town tonight and play in Carolina tomorrow night.

The Red Wings will be starting Jimmy Howard in net tonight after he got a rest on Thursday night. Howard has not been too spectacular this season for the Red Wings and is still searching for a game that could serve as a confidence booster.

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The Senators will counter with Robin Lehner in net tonight as the Senators are saving Anderson to face Carolina tomorrow night. This season, Lehner has appeared in nine games posting a 3-3-0 record with a 2.37 GAA and a .939 save percentage. Lehner has been the victim of no goal support in the three games that he lost with his team not scoring more than two goals on more than one occassion.

-Brett D’Angelo

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