DETROIT – The memory of the last time Detroit hosted the Ottawa Senators is still fresh in many of the Wings’ minds.
“They embarrassed us here last time they were here,” said Jimmy Howard, who’ll start tonight against the Senators. “I think that’s in the back of everyone’s mind.”
The Senators beat the Wings, 6-1, on Oct. 23.
Howard gave up three goals on his first eight shots and was pulled just 14:14 into the game.
“Last time they came in here, every time they shot the puck it went in the net,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “As I got through the game, at one point we were down 4-1 and the shots were 19-12 and we had 19. But every time they shot it went in.
“They had two on the power play,” Babcock continued. “We weren’t good enough. They beat us badly. It was an embarrassing night for us. The game was way too long. Paul MacLean called off the dogs about halfway through the third period. Not that the fourth line isn’t good on the power play but it was kind of him to do so.”
The Wings come in with a bit of confidence after snapping their season long seven-game winless streak after their 4-3 win over Carolina on Thursday.
“Now that we’ve got the one win under our belts everyone’s going to be able to breathe better out there,” Babcock said. “I think you’re going to see a lot different team from here on out.”
The win also ended an eight-game winless streak on home ice.
“Well, I read the other day that they’re the most desperate team in hockey that they needed a win so bad the other day,” said Ottawa coach Paul MacLean, whose team has lost three in a row. “I was like, ‘Wow! They have lots of wins.’ I thought that was ours. We had some success in here last year (2011-12), all that’s going to do is make them a little more prepared for the game and we have to make sure we’re ready to play.”
Ottawa, which has lost three in a row, has gone 4-7-2 since beating the Wings.
Ins and outs
Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss will me tonight’s game, both suffering from groin injuries.
Both players told the coaching staff they’re ready to go.
It’s more likely the pair will be ready to return Wednesday at home against the Boston Bruins.