from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Dylan Larkin was nervous heading into his preseason debut Saturday, not about the painful neck injury he suffered in his previous game more than five months ago, but about returning to competitive action following a long and arduous recovery.
“I had jitters to play,” Larkin said. “I was excited, but when the puck dropped, I was nervous -- not to get injured, just to play hockey. It had been a long road and I couldn’t believe already that much time had gone by and I was playing hockey again.”
Larkin looked in midseason form, scoring two power-play goals, setting up another, and, more importantly, feeling good after dishing out and absorbing several hits in a 5-1 preseason victory over Columbus at Little Caesars Arena.
“It was good to settle in, and as the game went along, I felt more comfortable,” Larkin said. “I felt like my vision came back, my hands felt better, my timing.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,