Head coach Derek Lalonde did not have much information immediately after the game, but his dejected demeanor does not bode well regarding Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin.
Larkin appeared to hurt his right hand/arm when he was hit by a puck during the first period of Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, briefly going to the locker room. He returned to the bench and played through the second period, but was not available when the third period began.
“Unavailable for [Wednesday],” Lalonde said minutes after end of the game at Little Caesars Arena. “That’s all I know. Doc came in, said he’s not playing tomorrow. We’ll go from there.”
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With the Wings headed to the airport right after the game, Lalonde said they would be calling up someone from the Grand Rapids Griffins to meet them in Minnesota on Wednesday morning.
Larkin centers the top line, plays both special teams, and is used in all key situations. He will be as big a loss as the Wings have dealt with this season.
“He’s a driver,” Lalonde said. “Transports the puck, obviously with some the offense we already have out, he still pushed us. He pushes linemates, whoever he’s with, produces. Obviously a big piece, already with a team that is not going to produce, or has not produced, a ton of five-on-five offense.”
The Wings already are without forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (hand, with a possible return six weeks from early December), Jakub Vrana (players assistance program, indefinite), Robby Fabbri (off-season surgery, early January), and Filip Zadina (lower body, late January/early February).
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“No matter what happens, we’ve stepped all year when guys went missing,” David Perron said.
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