Postgame: Senators @ Red Wings – 10/23

As I write this, it’s 6-1 Ottawa over Detroit. It’ll probably get worse before the game ends, with how it’s gone thus far.

The Red Wings just had nothing tonight. Outside of a couple shifts in the first period, absolutely nothing clicked offensively and almost everything went against them defensively. Both goalies were victims of that.

There’s absolutely no excuse for that. Especially given how much was made of the game as Daniel Alfredsson‘s first against the Senators team he captained for so long.

I’m gonna go to bed and forget this happened. The Red Wings had better not. They need to re-learn that this kind of effort (or lack thereof) is unacceptable.

Pregame: Senators @ Red Wings – 10/23

The Red Wings host the Senators tonight in former Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson‘s first game against his long-time club.

Detroit is expected to use much the same lineup as they did in their double-shutout shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday. The forward lines will remain the same but there could be a change on defense, with Niklas Kronwall returning from concussion to replace Xavier Ouellet. Ouellet had been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after making his debut against the Sharks but Kronwall took a puck to the face in the morning skate and may not be able to go tonight, so he was brought back up as insurance.

Jimmy Howard will get the start in net.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 2-2-1 this season against teams for whom one of their current players formerly played.

Game time is 7:30 on FSD.