from Ian Mendes and Max Bultman of The Athletic,
If we looked at the Atlantic Division standings on November 23, we would have seen Detroit with 26 points — exactly twice as many as the stumbling Senators.
But as both of these fan bases know, fortunes can drastically change in the span of a couple of weeks.
The Senators have suddenly pulled to within four points of the Red Wings in the standings, thanks to a torrid 7-2-1 stretch over their last 10 games. Conversely, Detroit has managed to win just three of its past 10 contests, allowing the Senators to make up considerable ground on them in a very short amount of time.
While these teams are going in opposite directions lately, they have essentially been mirror images of each other over the past couple of seasons. Each franchise has languished at the bottom of the standings, collecting high draft picks in the hopes of returning to the days of being a perennial Stanley Cup contender. And this past summer, both clubs made aggressive moves that seemed to push them closer to their window of being a contender.
Starting on Saturday afternoon, Detroit and Ottawa will meet each other three times in the next 14 days. To give our readers a better sense of where each team is heading into these head-to-head matchups, Max Bultman and Ian Mendes answered a handful of questions about the Red Wings and Senators.