The Detroit Red Wings have been without captain Dylan Larkin since he sustained an upper body injury against the Nashville Predators, a 5-2 win on February 25 at Little Caesars Arena.
They’ve garnered a 1-3 record in his absence, which could potentially end when the team hits the ice on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
You can bet that it’s not easy on the young captain to be out of the lineup
“It’s a tough year,” Larkin said after today’s practice. “As soon as you start feeling good and back in the rhythm, you get hurt or something going on. There’s not many games this year…the schedule is compacted. You find yourself thinking two weeks go by and its eight games.”
“We need to find a way to start getting some wins and positive energy.”
Aside from a handful of lopsided losses, the Red Wings have shown improvement over last year’s squad that lost 49 games prior to the COVID-19 pandemic pausing the season in mid-March.
Head coach Jeff Blashill stated Larkin’s status for Tuesday will be determined by the team’s upcoming practice sessions. During today’s practice, Larkin skated with Anthony Mantha and Robby Fabbri
“It’s hard when the team is on the road and you’re at home and not in the room with the guys,” Larkin said of missing the team’s last four. “But I know we battle for each other and now we need some results.”
– – Quotes via Detroit Red Wings Twitter Link – –