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Dylan Larkin Is Participating In The Morning Skate

Probably the most important news from the skate, Dylan Larkin is on the ice.

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added 11:52am, after the skate videos of coach Blashill and Alex Nedeljkovic are below..

Jeff Blashill

 

 

Alex Nedeljkovic

 

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Blashill tells the media Larkin will be a game time decision.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/22 at 11:14 AM ET

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Great news

Posted by VPalmer on 01/13/22 at 11:22 AM ET

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Great news

Posted by VPalmer on 01/13/22 at 11:22 AM ET

Yeah I’m always fearful these things can easily turn into long term injuries.  At least if he’s not ready tonight it sounds like he’s already close to returning.

Posted by RWBill on 01/13/22 at 12:35 PM ET

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“At the end of the day, there’s zero excuses, you got to find ways to win,” Blashill said. “I thought we started the last game really well. Our first five minutes was as good as we’ve played in terms of how we want to play and then it started the leak the wrong way and I didn’t think we weren’t even close to being as sharp we needed to be as we moved along.”

Dylan Larkin skated this morning, but his status will be determined at game time, Blashill said. Larkin sat out Tuesday’s game due to an upper-body injury suffered in the first period of Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss at Anaheim.

The Red Wings are winless in three (0-1-2) but have been much better at home (12-5-2) than on the road (4-11-3). The Jets (16-16-4) have won three of their past four but are coming off a 7-1 loss at Colorado on Jan. 6.

Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start in goal for the Red Wings.

“Obviously, it sucks coming away with one point (on the trip),” Nedeljkovic said. “You get to a shootout, you never know what can happen. But we’ll take that. And then I thought in San Jose we came out good, we started out skating and moving the puck well and then we kind of got away from it a little bit. I don’t know if whether it was maybe from a little bit of fatigue after a long trip or just mentally we weren’t sharp. As the game went on, they seemed to have the fresher legs and kind of took it to us in the second and third periods. It’s frustrating. We forced overtime in both games. You’d like to get a win in at least one.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/22 at 12:54 PM ET

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Larkin’s status may also impact where Michael Rasmussen is slotting into the Detroit lineup. Blashill had shifted Rasmussen to the wing on the second line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri but was forced to be moving him back into the middle due to Larkin’s absence.

“I moved him to wing just to give him a little bit of – he’s really hard on himself, he wants to be a great player,” Blashill explained. “He wants to be perfect every shift and sometimes when you’re playing center, every mistake is magnified.

“You can make mistakes easier at wing than you can at center. So I gave him a little bit of a break there and then also just wanted to try some size with Fabbri and Suits. But ultimately when Larks went out it was a pressing need to kind of get him back to center.

“And even before that I was going to move him back. We like that 6-foot-6 frame in the middle, we like his growth in that area. We want him to still be a hard forechecker, to still be hard at the other team’s net. Those are two things that he can do really well offensively while still at the center ice position.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/22 at 01:00 PM ET

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If D-Boss can’t go, I’d rather see Suter at 1C than Fabbri. The reason Suter is here is because he racked up the points feeding Patrick Kane last year. It’d be nice to see what he can do with Bert and Luke. Put Veleno in at 2C, give him some real ice time and see if that boosts his production and confidence. Fabbri at 1C doesn’t make much sense to me… He CAN play C, but he’s mostly been on the wing in Detroit. And is that who you want heading up your top scoring line? He hasn’t shown me much, and I’d like to see what Suter can do with truly elite scoring wingers (and I can’t wait til Vrana is back out there with him).

Posted by Steeb on 01/13/22 at 01:42 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

When Nicklas Lidstrom spoke Tuesday during his introduction as vice president of hockey operations, Lidstrom mentioned seeing defenseman Simon Edvinsson, the Wings’ first-round draft pick last summer, play last season.

Edvinsson was loaned for two months last season to Vasteras, Lidstrom’s hometown, and Lidstrom had opportunities to watch the future Red Wing.

“He was good skater,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a long, lanky kid, but you saw the skill that he had when he was skating the puck up the ice. He was 17, playing against men, but he could handle himself.

“This season I’ve seen him taking big strides to become more of a comfortable player playing against men. His ice time has increased. He can skate the puck up the ice all by himself, and he’s playing a lot harder in his own zone.

“A lot of things happen when you’re 17, 18 years old. Things kind of develop even more, even better. But I’ve seen some big steps from one year to another.”

more on the Wings…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/22 at 02:26 PM ET

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