On the heels of last night’s 2-1 Dallas Stars OT win over the Detroit Red Wings, our friends from Dallas took to the ice at the American Airlines Center for practice around 11 AM CST. Dallas may receive a roster reinforcement or two on Thursday, and Jamie Benn would be a big addition to the Stars’ roster:
Jamie Benn (lower body) and Blake Comeau (COVID protocol) are on the ice at practice today. Roope Hintz (lower body) is not.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 27, 2021
No Roope Hintz at practice this morning. Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau are on the ice.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 27, 2021
But one never knows whether the injury gods giveth or taketh…
No Alexander Radulov either this morning.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 27, 2021
The Wings also made a roster move for roster moves’ sake on Wednesday, reassigning Givani Smith and Taro Hirose to the taxi squad. Both players are likely (presuming nothing changes during Detroit’s practice around 12 PM CST) to be recalled for Thursday’s rematch.
Stars during practice— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 27, 2021
Khudobin is fine, he’s currently on Zoom with reporters
Anton Khudobin said he likes to watch video right after a game when it is “hot in my head.”— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 27, 2021
To recap: the Stars played last night without Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Roope Hintz, Blake Comeau, Joel Kiviranta and Ben Bishop. This morning, Alexander Radulov is not practicing.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 27, 2021
On the Red Wings’ side of things, Darren Helm (injury), Filip Zadina, Sam Gagner, Robby Fabbri, Adam Erne and Jon Merrill (COVID) are all out and not expected to return soon.
After Dallas’ practice ended…
Rick Bowness says Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau skated better today than yesterday. Will reevaluate tomorrow— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 27, 2021
Radulov was having a maintenance day. Is expected to play tomorrow night.— Bruce LeVine (@BruceLeVinePuck) January 27, 2021
Roope status depends on how he feels tomorrow
Rick Bowness on if getting looks at the younger players can be a silver lining to the bunch of injuries the team has faced: “As long as we’re winning.”— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 27, 2021
So the Red Wings, in theory, anyway, took to the ice around 12 PM CST, but no media members are traveling with the team, so we waited to see what would be posted by the team.
If you’re interested, Brad Galli and Ken Daniels were very solid on The Word on Woodward today…
At 2:53 PM, this happened:
Jeff Blashill said Dylan Larkin did not practice today. It’s not COVID protocol. Uncertain about status for Thursday’s Red Wings at Dallas.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) January 27, 2021
Jeff Blashill says Dylan Larkin did not practice today. Not COVID related and Blashill does expect him to be available tomorrow.— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) January 27, 2021
Jeff Blashill says Dylan Larkin did not practice today— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 27, 2021
Not COVID protocol related— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 27, 2021