Red Wings provide injury updates on Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou

The Detroit Red Wings got some good news ahead of their season opener against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Forward Dylan Larkin, who was shaken up in practice earlier this week, has confirmed that he expects to play in Detroit's first game of the year this weekend.

“I feel great today,” Larkin said. “I think the orange jersey is just a precautionary thing. I don’t know what color jersey I’ll be wearing (Friday), but I’ll be in the game for sure Saturday. There’s nothing to hold me back.”

Meanwhile, forward Andreas Athanasiou appears to be a game-time decision on Saturday should he be able to practice. He had missed his second straight practice after an injury during one of Detroit's pre-season games.

“If he practices tomorrow, then it puts him in position to play on Saturday,” Blashill said. “If he didn’t practice tomorrow, it’d be super-hard to play on Saturday, so I’m hoping he practices tomorrow, and he’ll probably be a game-time decision.”


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