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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Dylan Larkin got a different perspective on the game Saturday, watching from above when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators.
Focusing on Pavel Datsyuk was particularly educational.
"It's a little different from the bench, when the game seems so fast," Larkin said. "When you're up there, obviously it's not slow but (you see) how patient he is with the puck, I definitely learned something from that. Several times he just held onto it and used his body to make plays. I think it's something I'm going to work on. Seeing him do it, I definitely take stuff away from that."
The Red Wings would like to see Larkin put his newfound knowledge to work Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
But they're also going to be cautious. The 19-year-old rookie still is sore from the upper-body injury he suffered last Tuesday against New Jersey. They're not going to risk making it worse.
"I haven't had a chance yet to speak with Piet (trainer Van Zant), but I believe (Larkin) will be out tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said.
Jeff Blashill, speaking to the MSM, says Mrazek starts tomorrow in Minnesota, Howard on Tuesday in Winnipeg.
Also Larkin still day to day and probably out tomorrow, same with Ericsson.
also from Khan,
Kronwall not skating today. Logged a lot of ice last night, more than 26 minutes.
I will update as needed, otherwise enjoy youf Sunday.
added 2:14pm, more from Khan...
from the Grand Rapids Griffins,
A hat trick from Colin Campbell helped extend the Grand Rapids Griffins’ winning streak to 15 consecutive games, defeating the Lake Erie Monsters 7-3 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Andy Miele opened the scoring for the Griffins (17-8-0-1) on a 2-on-1 just 21 seconds into the game. Miele passed to Eric Tangradi from the high slot down below the right circle. Tangradi then fed Miele with a pass across the goal mouth for a tap-in into an open net. The assist meant Tangradi, playing in his first game since serving a three-game suspension, extended his point streak to a team-high eight.
Watch the game highlights below...
via Ken Campbell tweets last night,
For those who ridiculed me for saying Moore should be suspended for hit on Larkin, you'll notice Larkin is injured tonight.
Larkin was sent for x-rays after NJ game Tuesday night. Obviously something wrong.
John Moore playing tonight, so obviously, NHL's player safety dept saw nothing wrong with hit. As Chief Wiggum wold say, "Good work, boys."
Watch a GIF of the hit below if you need to review it...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“It’s early in the season, it’s not even halfway done, but we have to keep going and hope we see the end result at the end of the season,” goalie Petr Mrazek said.
Luke Glendening’s goal at 6:45 broke a 2-2 tie and carried the Red Wings to the victory.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 24 saves, and the Red Wings began a stretch of nine of 10 road games with an impressive victory.
“We found a way to win what was a close game,” Blashill said.
And in came after three days off for the holiday break, flying to Nashville the day of the game, and they found a way to swipe a hard-fought victory.
“That’s the toughest part, to go on the road and try to get some points,” said Brendan Smith, who scored a goal and had an assist. “We did a good job tonight. It’s a nice time to get away and kind of recharge the batteries and then come back to hockey.
“The biggest thing was to get mentally prepared after you spend time relaxing and putting back the work boots on.”
On the winner Glendening, uncontested in the crease, deflected Brendan Smith’s shot from the high slot past goalie Pekka Rinne for his second goal.
“Our net front has been real good,” Blashill said. “It’s such a big part of hockey today and certainly a big part of what we want to do. Glenny was in a good spot and got a good tip.”
Below, watch the game highlights plue Jeff Blashill post-game...
George is under the weather tonight and me, I've been up since 6:00am this morning and I am feeling it right about now.
So feel free to discuss the Wings' 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators tonight.
Goals are below...
Ken Kal speaks with Justin Abdelkader and Tomas Nosek.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“We’re not going to put him out there if he’s not healthy and can’t play,” said general manager Ken Holland, who hopes Larkin can still return to the lineup during this current trip of three games in four days. The Wings are in Minnesota on Monday and in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Still, Holland would not put a timetable on Larkin's return.
“Right now, we’re saying day-to-day,” Holland said. “It could be tomorrow, it could be more days than that.”
more on the Wings....
The Wings are indeed skating in Nashville, they need to at least shake-off some rust before tonight's game.
I will update as needed.
also from a Bill Roose tweet,
The #RedWings Dylan Larkin will not be in lineup tonight vs @PredsNHL. The rookie is day-to-day with undisclosed injury.
added 1:02pm, Defensive pairing via Roose tweet,
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