SENATORS (25-23-6) at RED WINGS (27-18-8)
TV: SN, TVA Sports, FS-D, NHL.TV
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Ottawa Senators twice in three games, each winning on the road. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg had two assists in a 5-3 win Oct. 31, and Tomas Tatar scored at 2:04 in overtime for a 4-3 Detroit win Nov. 16 at Ottawa. Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 3-1 win Oct. 30 at Detroit.
Senators team scope: Defenseman Dion Phaneuf is expected to make his Ottawa debut after being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The former Maple Leafs captain will be on the second defensive pair with Cody Ceci, Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "He's going to play lots," Cameron said. "He'll probably play with everybody at some point and he's going to play lots." Marc Methot and captain Erik Karlsson will be the first defense pair, and Mark Borowiecki or Patrick Wiercioch will move to the third pair with Chris Wideman. "I think [Phaneuf's] going to bring his experience and his knowledge and I think that's going to help a lot of guys on our team," Karlsson said. Phaneuf, 30, has 24 points (21 assists) in 51 games this season.
Red Wings team scope: There will be no lineup changes from the 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers on Monday, coach Jeff Blashill said. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) has been skating off-site and the Red Wings are hoping to get him back at practice in a few days, Blashill said. Kronwall, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 19, has 17 points (14 assists) in 45 games this season. Defenseman Mike Green (groin) didn't skate Tuesday and remains day-to-day. Goalie Petr Mrazek leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.933) following his 23-save shutout Monday. "First of all, one of the ways to be successful and one of the requirements to be a real good hockey team is you have to have elite goaltending," Blashill told the Red Wings website. "Certainly when somebody has those type of rankings, that means you're getting that type of goaltending."