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Preview: We Have Your Captain | Detroit Red Wings vs Ottawa Senators

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Ottawa Senators and their new captain, who is not as good as Alfredsson, tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

For the first time in Daniel Alfredsson‘s career, he will be facing the Ottawa Senators, a franchise that he help bring back to prominence. This is a game that the Red Wings should rally around Alfie and help him get the win and after losing in a shootout to the Sharks, the team should be hungry for a win.

Despite losing Alfie, the Senators have a lot of weapons on offense in their new captain, Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, and Erik Karlsson. The good news for the Red Wings is that, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner are not having a good season between the pipes. If the Red Wings can get shots on net, they will be able to take advantage of netminders.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk –  Justin Abdelkader

Todd Bertuzzi – Johan Franzen – Daniel Alfredsson

Daniel Cleary – Stephen Weiss – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Brendan Smith – Niklas Kronwall

Danny DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Niklas Kronwall is back! Let’s just celebrate this for a while.

Xavier Ouellet had a great first NHL game, but his time in Detroit is up for now since Kronwall is back in the line-up.

Danny DeKeyser will still be counted on to fill out the top pairing because of Jonathan Ericsson‘s shoulder injury.

Speaking of Ericsson, his wife had a child and they named their daughter Liv, in memory of their friend Stephen Liv that passed away in the Lokomotiv crash. Former Red Wings, Ruslan Salei and Brad McCrimmon were on the plane as well.

Jimmy Howard‘s first game back did not go as planned; he let in a few weak goals and did not get a lot of help. I expect him to be better tonight.

I was pleasantly surprised by Johan Franzen‘s ability to play center against the Sharks, a position he had not played for a full game in a long time and was the only Red Wing with a face-off percentage over 50%.

Justin Abdelkader was brought back up to the first line, but it just does not look as good as when Todd Bertuzzi is next to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Stephen Weiss‘ demotion to the third line has not done much to kick start the new center, but it will be only a matter of time before he settles down and starts producing more.

Prediction: The Red Wings will rally behind Alfie and get him a victor against his old, stale team. Red Wings victory 3-0.

UPDATE: Niklae Kronwall was hit in the face by a puck in morning practice and Xavier Ouellet has been recalled in case Kronwall cannot play tonight.

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