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WGD: Game 33: Red Wings vs. Senators

After a stomping by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the Red Wings got a much needed two days of rest. They played seven games in eleven days through the start of December, going 3-3-1. They’ve somehow managed to maintain their .500 hockey against the toughest teams in the league.

Tonight, they get a bit of a break as they face the Ottawa Senators. A mere two points behind the Wings, the Sens aren’t too far out of the picture. Devastated by injury, they are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and a staggering 3-10-1 on the road.

The Wings have a good shot tonight, but sometimes the worst teams are the most dangerous.

THE RED WINGS

Detroit Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

LW C RW
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 75.5#34 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 78.7#29 C

Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Rating: 70.2#119 RW

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 75.3#50 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 73.3#72 C

Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK

Rating: 71.5#80 RW

Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 72.7#62 LW

Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 68.9#176 C

Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Rating: 71.1#134 RW

Christoffer Ehn
CHRISTOFFER EHN

Rating: 71.8#83 LW

Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE

Rating: 67.8#186 C

Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK

Rating: 69.0#108 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 71.1#98 LD

Mike Green
MIKE GREEN

Rating: 74.5#32 RD

Dennis Cholowski
DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

Rating: 72.2#73 LD

Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY

Rating: 69.8#124 RD

Jonathan Ericsson
JONATHAN ERICSSON

Rating: 68.8#133 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 70.6#80 RD

The Red Wings have had their own fair share of injury problems, with Anthony Mantha and Darren Helm still out for some time. For those keeping count, that’s two-thirds of the top line. It means that Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader flank Larkin’s wings.

At least the D-corps is looking more full with Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson back. They at least make the Red Wings blueline look competent.

THE SENATORS

Ottawa Senators lines via DailyFaceoff

LW C RW
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 73.8#46 LW

Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 71.3#128 C

Mark Stone
MARK STONE

Rating: 80.2#8 RW

Mikkel Boedker
MIKKEL BOEDKER

Rating: 72.3#72 LW

Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 70.5#151 C

Drake Batherson
DRAKE BATHERSON
Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 72.5#69 LW

Zack Smith
ZACK SMITH

Rating: 68.5#181 C

Magnus Paajarvi
MAGNUS PAAJARVI

Rating: 69.3#132 RW

Max McCormick
MAX MCCORMICK

Rating: 68.3#141 LW

Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 72.8#87 C

Tom Pyatt
TOM PYATT

Rating: 66.4#190 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 70.6#106 LD

Ben Harpur
BEN HARPUR

Rating: 67.0#104 RD

Maxime Lajoie
MAXIME LAJOIE

Rating: 70.7#10 LD

Cody Ceci
CODY CECI

Rating: 68.3#102 RD

Justin Falk
JUSTIN FALK

Rating: 66.3#135 LD

Erik Burgdoerfer
ERIK BURGDOERFER

Rating: 72.6#47 RD

The Sens have more than two full forwards lines of players on the IR, including leading point-getter Matt Duchene, Jean Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan, and Dylan DeMelo.

As such, there are a lot of names in the above chart that I’ve just never seen before (looking at you Erik Burgdoerfer). Mark Stone has been keeping this team afloat this year with goals and he’s on a line with the always fun to watch Brady Tkachuk.

These Sens are spectacularly bad, but they are incredibly fun to watch. They have let in more goals than any other team, but they rank 7th in goals for with 106.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Jimmy Howard vs. Craig Anderson

Neither of these are confirmed yet, but I would expect both teams to go with their undisputed starters as they battle each other in the standings. Howard has been keeping the Red Wings season alive and could net them a high pick if the team decides to trade him. Anderson has posted a .907 save percentage behind a horrid defense. The guy faces so many shots – he can’t be expected to save them all.

HOW TO WATCH

Puck drop is at 7:30 P.M. ET and you’ll be able to catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit or TSN5 if you’re tuning in from Canada.

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