Preview: Detroit at Ottawa

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 27, 2014
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Matchup Edge
DET Edge in: OTT
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Detroit Red Wings resume their season with a visit to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. The Red Wings entered the holiday break 11 points ahead of Ottawa, but the Atlantic Division rivals have struggled recently with four wins in their last 10 games. The Senators and Red Wings split the opening two contests of their four-game season series and also split four contests last campaign.

Detroit leads the league with 32 power-play goals, while Ottawa averages 12.6 penalty minutes - fourth-highest in the league. Neither team has fared well against divisional opponents, with the Red Wings going 5-5-6 and the Senators 4-6-1. Ottawa’s best chance might be to force a shootout, where Detroit is 1-7.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC, TVA, Fox Sports Detroit

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (18-8-9): Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is day-to-day with an upper-body injury but could play Saturday. Goaltender Jimmy Howard has missed two games with a groin injury but skated earlier in the week and should be ready to go versus Ottawa. Petr Mrazek is likely to be in net if Howard is unable to start. Gustav Nyquist recorded three assists on Tuesday, raising his season total to 22 points.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (14-14-6): Defenseman Marc Methot remains on injured reserve with a back ailment, while Chris Neil is expected to return soon from a knee injury. Craig Anderson is expected to start for the fourth time in five games. Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch rejoined the lineup Monday after missing time due to an undisclosed injury. Mika Zibanejad leads the team with six goals and 11 points in December.

OVERTIME

1. Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson leads the team with three points in the previous two meetings with the Red Wings.

2. Detroit was winless in six games (0-2-4) before entering the holiday break with a victory Tuesday.

3. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has 16 points in 13 career meetings with Ottawa.

PREDICTION: Red Wings 4, Senators 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Detroit 18-8-2-7 W1 12-4-0-6 6-4-2-1 2-0-0-1 16-8-2-6 5-5-1-5
Ottawa 14-14-3-3 L2 7-4-1-2 7-10-2-1 1-2-0-0 13-12-3-3 4-6-0-1

Last Meeting

Detroit Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/24/14 OTT 3 DET 4 43 23 2-6 26 39 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
DET S. Weiss 2
OTT E. Karlsson 2
Goals Player  
DET S. Weiss 2
OTT E. Karlsson 1
Assists Player  
DET D. DeKeyser 1
OTT J. Cowen 1
Saves Player  
DET J. Howard 23
OTT C. Anderson 39
Season
Total Points Player  
DET H. Zetterberg 30
OTT E. Karlsson 23
Goals Player  
DET G. Nyquist 14
OTT M. Hoffman 10
Assists Player  
DET H. Zetterberg 23
OTT E. Karlsson 16
Saves Player  
DET J. Howard 621
OTT C. Anderson 668

Quickchart Matchup

Detroit Off vs  Ottawa Def
2.83 GF
2.68 GA
30.9 Shots
33.8 Shots
32 PP
21 PK
Ottawa Off vs  Detroit Def
2.56 GF
2.29 GA
29.1 Shots
27.1 Shots
23 PP
15 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 114 -126
-123
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 110 -130
-130
5
Sportsbook 110 -130
-130
5
5Dimes.eu 115 -125
-135
5
GTBets.eu 110 -130
-140
5
Top Bet 110 -130
-140
5
BetOnline.ag 111
-123
-135
5
BetDSI 109 -129
-135
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com 106 -135
-145
5
Belmont 110 -130
-130
5
BookMaker.eu 110 -130
-135
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
115
-125
115
5
Mirage 110 -130
115
5
Station 110 -130
115
5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall Ottawa
18-8-2-7 W/L 14-14-3-3
16-19 ATS 22-12
15-15 O/U 13-17
2.83 Goals For 2.56
2.29 Goals Agnst 2.68
Detroit A/H Ottawa
6-4-2-1 W/L 7-4-1-2
7-6 ATS 9-5
5-6 O/U 6-7
2.69 Goals For 3.07
2.62 Goals Agnst 2.57