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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, November 2, 2017
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario  Attendance: 14,724

Senators look to bounce back against surging Wings

Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators

  1. The Red Wings beat the Coyotes, 5-3, in Detroit on Tuesday, their second consecutive win following a six-game losing streak. It was just the second time Detroit had scored at least five goals this season -- they had six in Las Vegas on October 13.
  2. The Senators were blown out by the Canadiens, 8-3, at home on Monday. From 2014-15 through 2016-17, the Sens only allowed eight goals once -- to the Penguins, on December 5 last season.
  3. Detroit picked up a 2-1 shootout win in Ottawa on October 7, and since the 2015-16 season, the Wings are 7-2-1 against the Sens. However, four of those wins have been in overtime or a shootout.
  4. Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist in the win over Arizona -- the goal was his first since the season opener, but the assist was his 10th of the year. Larkin is averaging 0.92 points per game, a big jump from his 0.40 last season.
  5. Christopher DiDomenico had a goal and an assist for the second consecutive game, giving him five points in five games this year. He was drafted by Toronto in the sixth round in 2007 and made his NHL debut last season, playing three games with Ottawa.
  6. The Senators have been the league's best faceoff team this season, winning 53.9 percent of their draws, and an astounding 59.1 percent of draws in their defensive zone. Detroit has been less successful, winning just 46.6 percent of its defensive-zone draws, fourth worst in the league.

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators will be trying to reverse a trend and the Detroit Red Wings will be attempting to build on one when the two teams clash at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.

The Senators (5-2-5) will be playing for the first time since taking their worst defeat of the season, an 8-3 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Uncharacteristically, they have surrendered 16 goals in their past three games.

"We're just giving up way too many chances," Ottawa winger Zack Smith said after practice Wednesday. "Odd-man rushes we didn't give up last year. That was a big reason we were so good defensively. We have to clean up in our end a bit. We're leaving a little too much guessing for our goaltenders. I think we just need to be a lot more predictable for the team."

The Red Wings (6-6-1) have won their last two, most recently a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday that stemmed from a strong first period.

"One of the best starts that I ever experienced," Red Wings left winger Tomas Tatar told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "All four lines were playing really good. We played really fast. We put pucks right up, we didn't take it back to our zone, we were just playing a fast game, and that is what we should do."

The Senators will be bolstered by the return of No. 1 center Kyle Turris, who has missed three games with a viral infection.

Starting in goal for Ottawa will be Craig Anderson, who gave up six goals on 15 shots in two periods against Montreal.

Jimmy Howard will be making his sixth consecutive start in goal for the Red Wings.

The Red Wings are embarking on a four-game road trip that takes them through western Canada. They will have fond memories at the kickoff point, as they scored a 2-1 shootout victory when they were at Canadian Tire Centre for the second game of the season.

That night saw Red Wings rookie Martin Frk and Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf break up a scoreless tie with third-period goals, the latter extending the affair with less than two minutes left in regulation.

Howard stopped 37 shots and Anderson made 29 saves before Frans Nielsen scored the only goal of the shootout.

That night also started more trends for the Senators, who are 2-2-4 on home ice and 1-4 in shootouts.

"Our structure has been better on the road than it has been at home," said Phaneuf, whose team is 3-0-1 as visitors. "It's something that we're concerned about and we're going to try to address because we have to be better at home."

Senators center Derick Brassard thinks the problem might be outside the boards.

"When we're on the road, it's just us and the coaches," Brassard said. "Here, there's always distractions, guys have got families, kids, and you prepare yourself differently. Every player has to prepare ourselves differently for home games. Usually, it's the other way around, you can't win on the road."

Updated November 2, 2017

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