RED WINGS (30-13-6) at SENATORS (17-26-8)
TV: TSN (HD), FS-D (HD)
Last 10: Detroit 6-3-1; Ottawa 1-7-2
Season series: This is the only meeting of the 2010-11 season between these teams. Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots and Pavel Datsyuk contributed a goal and an assist to Detroit's 4-1 win over Ottawa at Joe Louis Arena in the most recent matchup on Feb. 13, 2010.
Big story: One of only six teams that didn't play Tuesday night when NHL action resumed following the All-Star break, the Red Wings used the time off to heal some of their many injuries and are expected to have forward Danny Cleary back in the lineup after he missed over a month with a broken ankle. Datsyuk, who hasn't played since Dec. 22 due to a broken wrist, has been activated from injured reserve but isn't expected to make his return just yet.
Red Wings: While its forward corps has been banged up to the point where names like Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar and Cory Emmerton have littered the lineup over the past several weeks, Detroit has more than traded water and remains in first place in the Central Division, second in the Western Conference behind Vancouver. It will be a busy month of February for the Red Wings, who play 14 games in the span of 27 days.
"Hopefully we can just get off to a good start after a four-day break," forward Todd Bertuzzi said. "Looking for a fast start with some fresh guys coming back, so I think all of the guys are pretty excited."
Senators: In just his second NHL start and fourth appearance, 19-year-old Swedish goalie Robin Lehner gave Ottawa an excellent chance to win Tuesday in New Jersey, turning aside 31 shots as the Senators were outshot badly by the Devils. Unfortunately for Lehner, a goal by Dainius Zubrus with 5:43 remaining proved decisive in a 2-1 defeat. Alex Kovalev scored the only Ottawa goal on a two-man advantage in the second period.
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