Oct 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes the save as Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) tries to deflect the puck in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Ottawa won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings vs Ottawa Senators - Payback

The Red Wings take on the Ottawa Senators for the second time this season. Puck drop is at 7pm in Joe Louis Arena.

The last time the Red Wings faced the Sens, Jimmy Howard was pulled fourteen minutes into the game and Ottawa showed how flashy and young they are. But the Sens are just 1-4-0 in their last five games and were just handed a regulation loss by the Minnesota Wild. The Wings just snapped their horrible losing stretch and need to build up a winning streak in order to stay in contention with the rest of the Eastern Conference. Especially with a division match-up for tonight’s game, those two points will make a difference.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Daniel Cleary – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Johan Franzen

Tomas Tatar – Darren Helm – Justin Abdelkader

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Mikael Samuelsson

Defensemen

Jonathan Ericsson – Niklas Kronwall

Brendan Smith – Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff 

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Gustav Nyquist is here to stay for the foreseeable future; who gets sent back down to Grand Rapids (or put on waivers to be sent down) will not matter until Danny DeKeyser returns from LTIR. Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson will remain out in both games this weekend. Look for their return Wednesday against the Boston Bruins.

Jimmy Howard is angry about that last game against the Sens. Howard angry is very much like when Franzen is angry–it’s usually a good thing and we see a great game out of them. When Howard is mad about his performance, he tends to shake off the missteps rather quickly. Here’s hoping he can do this in tonight’s game and his team’s defense holds the fort for him as well.

Prediction: With the need to rebound from their last game against the Sens and with the addition of Savior Gustav Nyquist, I’m going to go bold and say a 4-1 Wings victory.

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