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Matt Duchene wants to see how the Ottawa Senators progress with defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Mark Stone, and how Ottawa responds to last season, before deciding on his long-term future.

The 27-year-old center is entering the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013. He is eligible to sign a contract extension, but, like Karlsson and Stone, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019.

“The picture will become clearer for me as it goes,” Duchene said during the NHL Player Media Tour on Friday.

Karlsson, Ottawa’s captain, is entering the final season of a seven-year contract he signed June 19, 2012, and has long been rumored to be traded and could be moved before the season begins.

Stone signed a one-year, $7.35 million contract Aug. 3. He had 62 points, including an NHL career-high 42 assists, in 58 games last season.

“Those are the things I want to sit back and watch,” Duchene said. “The nice thing is is I’m kind of the last domino in that sense. Those are things I want to see.

“Erik, that’s a little bit different situation, but with [Mark], that’s a guy I’d love to move forward with as a teammate. Him doing a one-year deal, it’s a little bit different and makes you think a little bit, but I want to see what he’s saying and we’ll talk through it. Having talked about it, we both really like it in Ottawa and we both want it to work, so that’s the biggest thing.”

Duchene said he also wants to see how the Senators rebound from last season.

“That’s a huge puzzle piece,” he said.

Ottawa finished 30th in the NHL last season, 30 points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Duchene had 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 68 games with the Senators after they acquired him in a trade from the Avalanche on Nov. 5.

“I want an opportunity to win,” Duchene said. “At this point, when you’re in this situation, and I talked to [Toronto Maple Leafs center] John Tavares about it a lot last year, it’s hard to pick a team to go to to win the Stanley Cup because the League is so good now. But you want to be competitive. You want to be on a team that is either right there for the playoffs or in the playoffs every year.

“I mean, look at [the] Washington [Capitals]. They lost however many years in a row in the second round, but they were there every year and then they break through and they win the [Stanley] Cup. So that’s the goal. That’s going to be the biggest thing for me is just to see how things shape out early on.”

Duchene is optimistic the Senators will rebound. He cited the development of young players including 24-year-old defenseman Cody Ceci, who was awarded a one-year, $4.3 million contract in arbitration Aug. 3, and 21-year-old defenseman Thomas Chabot, who had 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 63 games last season.

“We have a lot of really good people in that locker room, and sometimes I think we can be a little bit more outward and aggressive, and I think that will carry onto the ice,” Duchene said. “That’s the message this year. … Let’s prove everybody wrong and let’s show people who we are and what we are.”

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The Ottawa Senators got exactly what they wanted Thursday night.

After a disappointing 8-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Monday night, the Senators, who have struggled at home, were determined to come out with a much better effort from start to finish and bounced back with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

“It was about our identity and getting our identity back,” said Senators coach Guy Boucher. “I talked about our trust in our goaltender, our trust in our leadership and that’s exactly what we got tonight.”

Mark Stone had a goal and an assist to lead the Senators (6-2-5). Alex Burrows and Nate Thompson also scored as Craig Anderson made 24 saves.

From a performance standpoint the Senators couldn’t have asked for much more as all four lines played well.

“We wanted to come out and make sure that we had a good one this game,” said Anderson. “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond. I thought we did a great job and everyone played one of their best games of the year.”

Jimmy Howard looked good stopping 27 shots, but didn’t have the offensive support needed as Anthony Mantha scored the lone goal for Detroit (6-7-1) which saw its two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Red Wings admitted they didn’t play their best game and weren’t able to take advantage of their opportunities.

“It’s not going to be a pretty game when you play against Ottawa,” said Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg. “We’ve just got to be smart enough and patient enough and really work our chances.”

It wasn’t until the third that Detroit was able to finally beat Anderson.

With the man advantage and an empty net Dylan Larkin fed a pass to Mike Green and Mantha tipped his shot to cut the Senators’ lead to 2-1 at the 16-minute mark.

While the Red Wings pressed for the equalizer Thompson added an empty-net goal to seal the win for Ottawa.

“It’s hard to come back from a 2-0 lead,” admitted Mantha. “The way they play it’s defence first so it’s really hard to come back that late in the game.”

Leading 1-0 the Senators continued to have the edge in play outshooting the Red Wings 14-8 in the second.

“We felt like we really took over (that period), held control, worked them deep and make their (defencemen) skate and turn,” said Stone. “It really was effective and we could have had a couple more for sure.”

The Senators took a 2-0 lead midway through the period when Burrows picked up his second of the season with a power-play goal.

Stone, with his second point of the night, fed Burrows with a perfect pass through the middle to beat Howard stick-side.

Ottawa thought it scored first with Cody Ceci scoring at the three-minute mark, but the goal was called back due to goaltender interference.

The Senators had a number of good chances, but it wasn’t until the final minute of the period that they were able to beat Howard. Stone picked up a Mike Hoffman rebound in front in traffic and slid it through Howard’s legs for a 1-0 lead. Stone now has eight goals and 14 points in 13 games.

Stone has impressed Boucher since he took over coaching the Senators last season and believes the 25-year-old is coming into his own.

“I think this year he’s really taken a prominent role and a leading role,” said Boucher. “I don’t think he’s had one bad practice. There’s not a lot of guys you can say that about. He’s been on…This guy is getting the results of his work ethic.”

Kyle Turris made his return for the Senators after missing the last three games with a viral infection.

The Senators host Las Vegas Saturday afternoon in their final home game before leaving for Sweden Monday night.

Notes: Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game with a virus. Detroit LW David Booth and RW Luke Witkowski were healthy scratches.