DETROIT _ There will be no Daniel Alfredsson Saturday night against his former team.
Though the Senators former captain wanted to be in the lineup against Ottawa his injured groin isn’t strong enough to allow him to play, but he should be back in time to make his homecoming next Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre.
Alfredsson said he expects to return to the Wings lineup Wednesday.
“They want to make sure it doesn’t become (a long-term issue),” said Alfredsson Saturday. “I wasn’t kind of targeting today. I agreed to it. You’ve got to be smart.”
The Senators won’t make any changes.
Goaltender Robin Lehner will make the start. He has never had the chance to play at Joe Louis Arena.
“I’m always happy when I get to play a good team. As I said before we’re desperate and need some wins,” said Lehner. “It’s a good team. They work hard and they’re very skilled.
“It’s a great building. It’s one of these teams you want to play growing up and Detroit is one of these teams you want to beat.”
Craig Anderson said he didn’t have any confirmation but he expects to play Sunday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. Coach Paul MacLean said with back-to-backs that “alternating” the goalies was the best course of action.