Detroit Red Wings (13-7-7) at Ottawa Senators (10-12-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -131 / Detroit Red Wings +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Daniel Alfredsson takes center stage on Sunday afternoon as the long time captain of the Senators returns to Ottawa in enemy colours for the first time.
The Red Wings head into Sunday’s action having won three games in a row and are now in a three way tie for second place in the Atlantic division with the Lightning and Canadiens and can win their fourth with a huge win in Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson is surely to be the point of focus as he spent so many years with the Ottawa organization and while the terms in which the two parties separated wasn’t exactly smooth I think the fan base will give the proper respect to their former captain. However, once the puck drops I think those cheers will turn into jeers and the Scotiabank Place crowd will do everything they can to help their Sens end their funk and get back in the win column. Jimmy Howard is slated to start for the Wings as he goes up against Robin Lehner for the Senators.
Ottawa is a team in transition this season and after two years of shocking the hokcey world and making the postseason it looks like reality is setting in a little bit in the Canadian capital. Ottawa made some moves in the offseason to counter the departure of Daniel Alfredsson and while Bobby Ryan is playing very well in his new digs he hasn’t been getting a ton of support offensively and as such the Sens have struggled so far this season. Ottawa sits in 6th place in their division and are 14 points back of the Atlantic leading Bruins and while there is still time for a turnaround I don’t anticipate we will see as much magic from the Sens this year as we have seen in year’s past. This game has been circled on Ottawa’s calendar since it was announced and while the emotion of the crowd and the team will certainly play a factor I just don’t see how the Sens win here. Detroit is the better team and are certainly playing as such at the moment and I think it’s the former Senator who gets the final laugh here.