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OTTAWA — To paraphrase Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher , some players knock on the door that leads to the NHL and others kick it down.Drake Batherson kicked it down.The Senators planned to give Batherson at least half of a season — if not the entire 2018-19 campaign – in the American Hockey League to prepare for the final step on the ladder. But in his first 13 games as a pro, the 20-year-old, 2017 fourth-round draft pick indicated he’s ready for it now.Article continues below ...Along with seven goals and 13 assists to lead the AHL in scoring, Batherson was coming off a six-point night that earned him the league’s player of the week nod when the Senators decided to give him a promotion.Batherson will make his NHL debut with the Senators (7-8-3) when they host the Detroit Red Wings (8-8-2) at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.“He wasn’t just the best rookie in the American league, he was arguably the best player in the American league, and with very little time to do so,” said Boucher. “I liked him in camp and I thought he had a chance to make our team, but we saw that he wasn’t quite ready. You want to give guys the time they need to develop.”Batherson will be given a chance to succeed at this level as Boucher has him on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, two of the club’s top scoring forwards.“Every day was about just trying to come in and be a consistent player Detroit Red Wings T-Shirts Womens , working on my game,” Batherson said of the AHL. “You get a lot of skill development down there and it helped me a lot.”Craig Anderson will be making his 17th appearance in the Senators’ net as the team tries to rebound from a 5-1 loss Sunday in Florida. Veteran center Zack Smith should help an Ottawa team that has struggled all season defensively as he returns from missing nine games with a facial bone fracture.After a sluggish start, the Red Wings have been on a tear, winning four straight and seven of their last eight games. The run has been unexpected of a team that, like Ottawa, is in rebuild mode.“It’s not that we’ve come out of any of these games thinking that, ‘Wow, we played our best,'” veteran center Frans Nielsen told the Detroit Free Press. “But we’ve been able to find ways to put ourselves back in the standings Detroit Red Wings Hoodies Womens , and it’s been fun.”The Red Wings had a tough schedule early on but things have lightened up on that front. Six different players accounted for an unanswered scoring spree through the first 47 minutes when they dumped Arizona 6-1 on Tuesday in Detroit.“When we started the way we started, it was paramount that we took care of business at home,” coach Jeff Blashill told the Free Press. “Good for our guys to have done that and dug us out of a bit of a hole.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart had a night he’ll never forget, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers had a night they really needed.Hart made 20 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.“It was something special tonight to be out there,” the 20-year-old Hart said. “I was trying not to think about it before the game. Now, it’s starting to sink in a little bit.”Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak.The Flyers were playing their first game since head coach Dave Hakstol was fired on Monday, a move that capped a tumultuous few weeks. General manager Ron Hextall was fired last month and new GM Chuck Fletcher ended Hakstol’s four-year tenure after a 1-4 road trip was punctuated by Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Vancouver. The Flyers entered the game last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points.“It’s a big relief for everybody,” Gordon said.Fletcher promoted Gordon from the Flyers’ AHL Lehigh Valley affiliate.Dennis Cholowski and Jacob de la Rose scored for Detroit Detroit Red Wings Hats Womens , which has lost four in a row and five of six.“We didn’t make it hard enough on (Hart),” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “If I was the coach on the other bench, I would have thought it was an easy game for my team.”Hart was the club’s second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2016 draft. He was 9-5-2 this season for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate at Lehigh Valley, and earned the call-up on Monday after a strong recent stretch in which he went 4-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.“For a 20-year-old goalie, it was pretty impressive how calm he was,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “Good start for him.”Hart became the sixth goalie to start for the Flyers this season, marking the 14th time in league history a team has used six goalies in a season and the only time it has happened within the first 35 games.The rookie netminder wasn’t tested much, and Hart’s best save may have come in the first period when he denied Dylan Larkin.“That was a critical save,” Gordon said.Hart also made a pair of good pad saves at the end of the second period to keep Philadelphia ahead 3-1.Hart preserved the win with a strong save of Martin Frk’s slap shot from the left circle with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.“That was a great first game for him Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys ,” Gordon said.Detroit tied the game at 1 on a power-play goal by Cholowski 4:12 into the second. He beat a screened Hart on the blocker side with a wrist shot from the slot.Philadelphia regained the lead 4:40 later on Gudas’ slap shot from the high slot that got past Jonathan Bernier’s right pad. The Red Wings challenged the goal, arguing that van Riemsdyk’s skate interfered with Bernier’s ability to make the save, but the officials disagreed and the call stood.Gostisbehere finished a stellar tic-tac-toe passing setup from Michael Raffl and Nolan Patrick with a wrist shot high over Bernier from the slot to make it 3-1 with 4:43 left in the second.De la Rose made it a one-goal game two minutes into the third by beating Hart through the pads from right in front after a quick pass from Frk from behind the net.Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring with 1:27 left in the first with a great deflection of Giroux’s wrist shot from in front of the crease.NOTES: Detroit G Jimmy Howard (back) was scratched after being injured in warmups. . The teams will meet twice more in the regular season. . Michal Neuvirth backed up Hart. Neuvirth has appeared in just two games this season. Starter Brian Elliott (lower body) is out until at least January. . Flyers RW Jakub Voracek played in his 800th game. … The Flyers continued their dominance of Detroit on home ice, making it 15 straight regular-season games without a regulation loss in Philadelphia. The Red Wings last skated to a regular-season regulation win in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 1997.The Flyers are 14-0-1 since.UP NEXTDetroit: At Carolina on Thursday night.Philadelphia: Host Nashville on Thursday night.

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