Detroit hosts Ottawa after Nielsen’s 2-goal game
Detroit; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Detroit hosts the Ottawa Senators after Frans Nielsen scored two goals in the Red Wings’ 4-3 victory against the Canadiens.
The Red Wings have gone 4-9-0 against division opponents. Detroit is the last-ranked team in the league averaging only 3.9 assists per game. Dylan Larkin leads them with 18 total assists.
The Senators are 6-7-2 against Atlantic Division teams. Ottawa averages 9.8 penalty minutes per game, the seventh-most in the NHL. Mark Borowiecki leads the team serving 54 total minutes.
In their last matchup on Nov. 19, Ottawa won 4-3. Anthony Duclair recorded a team-high 3 points for the Senators.
TOP PERFORMERS: Larkin leads the Red Wings with 18 assists and has recorded 28 points this season. Tyler Bertuzzi has scored four goals over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Senators: 2-5-3, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.4 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while giving up 4.3 goals per game with a .879 save percentage.
Red Wings: 2-8-0, averaging 2.2 goals, four assists, 3.7 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .897 save percentage.
INJURIES: Red Wings: Andreas Athanasiou: out (lower body).
Senators: Nikita Zaitsev: day to day (undisclosed).