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The Svechnikov Brothers Could Finally Play Against Each Other On Thursday

03/03/2021 at 7:32pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They came close last season, but Evgeny was sent down to Grand Rapids the day before. Then, in the season opener in January, Evgeny was injured and again headed to the Griffins.

“I was hoping both of those times,” Evgeny Svechnikov said after Wednesday’s practice of facing his brother. “It was disappointing for sure. But you can’t control it, and it’s in the past. But it’s very exciting right now and it’ll happen one day.

“Tomorrow (Thursday), hopefully.”...

“When we got here, to North America, we started realizing it could be reality,” said Evgeny, who talks to his brother after every game, and basically every day. “I came here because I was getting (potentially getting) drafted by the NHL and obviously my brother was following in my footsteps.

“We started realizing one day it was going to come.”...

The Svechnikovs' parents are back in Russia, and Evgeny talked with his father earlier in the week.

“They’re pretty excited, it’s going to be a special day,” Evgeny said. “I told my dad, ‘Can you imagine, it’s been almost 20 years since we have been counting to this day’.

“I’m just very proud of my parents, and how much they put it in for us to be in this position, to be trained. I’m very happy for them and how much they’re going to be happy.

"They're in Russia (currently) and they watch every game. They'll watch this one for sure."...

“I’m human, but I also have a job to do and my job is to put out the 20 guys who give us the best chance to win,” Blashill said. “Evgeny is an awesome person, one of the very best I’ve been around. He’s a great person, and I’m certainly aware of how much that would mean to him (playing against his brother).

“But I have to put the 20 best out there.”


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