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Why Michael Rasmussen Is Not Playing Tonight

10/15/2018 at 2:23pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Jeff Blashill shuffled his lineup going into Monday’s game against Canadiens and the odd man out is rookie forward Michael Rasmussen.

The question moving forward, now, is whether Rasmussen can rise above this one-game benching and get back into the lineup.

Martin Frk made his season debut as Rasmussen, who like many other Wings’ forwards have struggled to begin the season, took a seat in the press box.

“We looked a the last number of games, and Raz is a real good player and he’s going to be a good player, but as a young player, sometimes it’s good to take a breather,” Blashill said. “He’s had a tough last couple of games and we’ll give him a chance to take a little breather and watch from up top.

“We’ll see what he can learn from watching and get back at it Wednesday (for practice) and fight his way back into a good spot.”

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Below, watch (one video) Jeff Blashill and Dennis Cholowski after today's skate.

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