Red Wings host Stützle, Senators in battle for draft positioning

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Mike Gould
2 years ago
The Detroit Red Wings can officially put an end to the Ottawa Senators’ faint playoff hopes when they meet at Little Caesars Arena on Friday evening.
A loss in any fashion will make it mathematically impossible for the Senators to qualify for the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Red Wings are also pretty much guaranteed to miss the post-season and have lost 13 of their last 16 games.
Beyond the playoff implications of the contest, Friday will also serve as the first NHL meeting between young German superstars @Moritz Seider and Tim Stützle (7:30 p.m. ET, BSDET Extra).
The Red Wings and Senators have not yet played against each other this season. Stützle, an NHL sophomore, expressed his excitement on Thursday to play against his friend and countryman Seider (who is the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy in his first campaign in Detroit).
Speaking of Germans: @Thomas Greiss will likely return to the Red Wings’ lineup on Friday after a week on the shelf, although it’s not clear whether he’ll get the start against the Senators. The 36-year-old goaltender has an 8–11–1 record and an .885 save percentage in 25 games this season.
The Red Wings (26–32–9) are coming off an unfortunate loss to the Rangers on Wednesday where they gave up three one-goal leads en route to a 5–4 overtime defeat. @Chris Kreider banked the puck off Seider late in the third period to tie the game with his team-leading 46th goal of the season; @Andrew Copp proceeded to win it in overtime with his second goal as a Ranger.
The Senators (23–37–6) currently rank second-last in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, most recently falling 4–1 to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Ottawa captain @Brady Tkachuk scored his team’s lone goal — his 23rd of the season — in the contest.

The Red Wings

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Tyler Bertuzzi – @Dylan Larkin – @Lucas Raymond
@Jakub Vrana – @Joe Veleno – @Sam Gagner
@Adam Erne – @Pius Suter – @Oskar Sundqvist
@Taro Hirose – @Michael Rasmussen – @Filip Zadina
Danny DeKeyser – @Moritz Seider
@Marc Staal – @Filip Hronek
@Jake Walman – @Gustav Lindstrom
Projected starter: @Alex Nedeljkovic (17–20–8, .900 SV%)

The Senators

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Brady Tkachuk – @Josh Norris – @Drake Batherson
@Alex Formenton – Tim Stützle – @Connor Brown
@Mathieu Joseph – @Colin White – @Tyler Ennis
@Adam Gaudette – @Dylan Gambrell – @Austin Watson
@Erik Brannstrom – @Artem Zub
@Michael Del Zotto – @Travis Hamonic
@Nick Holden – @Nikita Zaitsev
Projected starter: @Mads Sogaard (first NHL game)

Scoring leaders

Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (28 goals, 62 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (26 goals, 54 points); @Lucas Raymond (20 goals, 50 points); @Moritz Seider (five goals, 44 points); @Filip Hronek (five goals, 32 points).
Ottawa: @Brady Tkachuk (23 goals, 47 points); Tim Stützle (14 goals, 40 points); @Josh Norris (26 goals, 39 points); @Connor Brown (10 goals, 37 points); @Drake Batherson (13 goals, 35 points).

Players to watch

Detroit: He did it! @Lucas Raymond picked up his 50th point of the season in Wednesday’s game against the Rangers, becoming the 13th rookie in Red Wings history to reach that plateau. Fun fact: Raymond went to the Red Wings just one pick after Tim Stützle became a Senator at the 2020 NHL Draft. Who will come out of tonight’s game on top?
Ottawa: Having just returned this past week from an injury he suffered after being decked by Buffalo Sabres goaltender @Aaron Dell, @Drake Batherson is beginning to get back into the swing of things. The 23-year-old forward is the only Senator above a point-per-game pace this season (35 points in 33 games) and is back in his usual spot on the team’s top line.

Viewing and listening options

Wednesday’s game at Little Caesars Arena will be broadcast on TNT starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.

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