The Detroit Red Wings travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators at 5:30 p.m. EST tonight.
The Red Wings have been on a roll recently and they would like to continue that roll tonight in Ottawa. It will be Alfredsson’s first time in Ottawa since leaving during Free Agency and it will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts to his return. Whatever happens, it is Detroit’s duty to leave Ottawa with a win for Alfie.
Ottawa has had huge success because of the Bobby Ryan trade and he is currently second on the team in points, behind only Erik Karlsson, The team has been trading wins over their past four games and are looking to keep that chain going by winning tonight.
The Red Wings have a 16-8-1 overall record against the Senators and boast a 65.4% winning percentage against them on the road.
Since 2010, the Red Wings are 3-2-0 against the Senators, with both losses coming this season at home. Hopefully being on the road this time brings them some good luck.
Jonas Gustavsson has been incredible for the Wings in net and is now 6-0-1 on the season and will be in net for Detroit once again tonight, after receiving a rest on Friday.
Jimmy Howard stood tall against the Islanders and secured himself a shutout. It was a big win for Howard, which snapped his losing streak and will lead to a boost in confidence from him and his teammates.
Pavel Datsyuk is still out of the line-up, but should return to action on his bobblehead night, December 4th.
Todd Bertuzzi continues to practice, but might not see any action until at least December 4th as well.
Once both players return to the line-up you will most likely see Cleary and Samuelsson become healthy scratches.
The defense, as a whole, has been patient with the puck and are hitting a lot more tape with their passes than they did previously. If they can keep up this level of play, no one will worry about them come playoffs.
Prediction: With the way the Red Wings have been playing and the fact they still have not given Alfie a win over his old team, I am going with a 3-1 victory.