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More Options For The Wings As Team Health Improves

03/08/2021 at 8:19am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

After taking advantage of a four-day break to rest and reset during a hectic season, the Wings returned to practice Sunday at Little Caesars Arena. Captain Dylan Larkin was on the ice after missing the last four games, a good sign he’ll be available if not for Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, then probably Thursday’s. He practiced on a line with Robby Fabbri and Anthony Mantha, leaving intact Vladislav Namestnikov with Filip Zadina — a pairing that has looked quite good during Larkin’s absence. Sam Gagner has been on the line, as has Bobby Ryan.

“I think Vladdy’s game has been exponentially better at center, and I think Fabs’ game has been the same whether it’s center or wing,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It allows us potentially to move Fabs to wing and let him play with Larkin and Mantha. Vladdy has been with Zadina and he’s been with Gagner lots, and some with Bobby Ryan as well. We are just trying to find the right combinations.”

Tyler Bertuzzi hasn't practiced since leaving the Jan. 30 game with an upper-body injury. Blashill said Bertuzzi is progressing but didn’t have a timeline for a return. He also didn’t think it would be such a long absence when it first happened.

“I would have given you better insight if I did think that," Blashill said. "It’s been a longer process than we realized, and that happens sometimes.”

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