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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 18,575

Wings, Senators fighting to avoid East cellar

Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Senators fell to the Hurricanes, 4-1, at home on Tuesday, snapping a modest two-game winning streak. The Sens haven't won three in a row since November 27-December 1. Tuesday was the 31st time Ottawa has allowed at least four goals this year, tied with Chicago for the most in the league.
  2. Mark Stone scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season in the loss to Carolina, tying his career high set in 2014-15, his first full season in the league. He's now three points away from becoming the seventh Senator with four 60-point seasons.
  3. Ottawa has won two of the three matchups between these teams this season, but lost to Detroit, 2-0, on February 2. The Sens are 1-3-2 in their last six in Detroit.
  4. The Red Wings beat the Predators, 3-2, in Nashville on Tuesday, snapping a three-game losing streak. They've scored three or fewer goals in eight consecutive games, their longest streak of the season.
  5. Dylan Larkin scored in the win over Nashville, his team-leading 24th goal of the season. That also set a new career high, surpassing the 23 he had as a rookie in 2015-16. He's 10 points away from tying his career high of 63 points, set last season.
  6. Anders Nilsson is scheduled to start tonight. It will be his first start in Detroit, the only NHL city in his career in which he has never started. He has one previous start against the Red Wings, a 3-2 overtime win in January 2017 at home while he was playing for Buffalo.

After salvaging the finale of the three-game road trip, the Detroit Red Wings now return home on Thursday night to face Ottawa, the only team below them in the Atlantic Division standings.

Detroit (22-28-7) won 3-2 in Nashville on Tuesday, with Andreas Athanasiou scoring the only goal in the third period. He shot it from a tough angle near the boards for his first tally since Jan. 8.

"I saw the rebound kind of just kick out," Athanasiou told NHL.com. "It was on my backhand, so I just tried to get it on net. It kind of ended up being a backhand clapper. I don't do it too often, but I'm happy it worked out."

The Wings lost at Buffalo and Chicago over the weekend before squeaking past Nashville. They hold a four-point advantage over league-worst Ottawa (21-30-5) as they try to stay out of the cellar.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who represented Detroit in the All-Star Game, made 32 stops in Nashville.

"(Tuesday) was a lot better compared to the last couple games," Howard said. "It was definitely more of a complete game. Even though they got one on our penalty kill, our penalty kill (5-for-6) was huge for us, and we got one on the power play as well."

Dylan Larkin has been huge for the Wings all season, and he scored his team-high 24th goal on a rebound during the second period.

"I don't think there's any question that Dylan has taken huge steps towards being that good, all-around centerman that you have to be to be a successful hockey team," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a huge building block for this team because of it. If all you do is score points, you're not a building block. If you score points and play defense, now you're a building block."

Left winger Tyler Bertuzzi is hopeful he can play on Thursday after missing the last six games due to a concussion. He suffered the brain injury on Jan. 22 against Edmonton.

"I've had a couple," Bertuzzi told the Detroit Free Press. "I know the feeling -- foggy, kind of not feeling right, little bit of blurry vision. My neck was sore, too."

The Senators have lost six of their last eight, including a 4-1 decision to Carolina on Tuesday and a 2-0 home defeat to Detroit on Feb. 2. Against the Hurricanes, Ottawa allowed all four goals in the third period, including two power-play goals after killing off every penalty the previous eight games, ending a string of 17 straight kills.

"That penalty and the 5-on-3 just kind of killed us and we couldn't get the kill when we needed it," defenseman Dylan DeMelo said. "Our PK's been really good for a long stretch now, but we just couldn't get that kill."

The Senators didn't make it easy on themselves, as they committed five penalties totaling 20 minutes. They were also outshot 37-26.

"Penalties killed us, plain and simple," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "That's the game right there."

Right winger Mark Stone leads the Senators with 26 goals and 57 points.

Ottawa holds a 2-1 lead in the season series with Detroit. The Senators took the first two games before the Wings bounced back earlier this month. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier recorded his first shutout this season in Detroit's 2-0 win.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 13, 2019

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