Red Wings-Panthers Game 2 wrap-up: ‘progress made,’ or ‘lather, rinse, repeat?’

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-2 decision to the Florida Panthers in the second game of the teams’ weekend series at Little Caesars Arena, which means that the Wings came out of the weekend with a single point (in the form of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss) against a Panthers team that’s 9-0-and-1 over their past ten games in Detroit.

The good news for the Red Wings is that they at least played with some vigor, vinegar and jam on Sunday–from players like Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith and Troy Stecher as well as Mantha, Larkin and Ryan–and that’s good news, mostly because the Wings need to summon everything in their power to erase its 0-5-and-1 trajectory of late as it heads off for a 6-game road trip against Tampa Bay, the Panthers (again) and Nashville.

Just as was the case yesterday, the player comments–this time the comments made by the Florida Panthers–throw some cold water on any enthusiasm Wings fans may have had from the ways in which the Red Wings competed in this one, however. Florida Hockey Now’s George Richards noted that this game was, for the Panthers, at least, a case of, “Lather, rinse, repeat“…

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Prospect Round-up: Chase Bradley scores OT winner

Of prospect-related note in North America on Sunday:

In the USHL, Cross Hanas did not play in the Lincoln Stars’ 3-0 loss to Fargo;

Chase Bradley scored the OT winner, finishing at +1 on 4 shots as his Sioux City Musketeers won 3-2 in overtime over Sioux Falls:

Chase Bradley OT winner 👀 He’s tied his point total from last year now. #LGRW https://t.co/aou0xwsMR2— Jay (@hwcJay) February 1, 2021

Kienan Draper finished at -1 in the Omaha Lancers’ 7-2 loss to the Tri-City Storm, who played without Kyle Aucoin;

And in NCAA Hockey, Jack Adams did not play in the Providence College Friars’ 3-2 win over New Hampshire.

Two roster notes from the AP’s recap: on Larkin and the Covid Quintet

Of Red Wings roster-related note from the Associated Press’s Larry Lage’s game recap:

SCORING PUNCH

[Dylan] Larkin’s goal gave him six points in seven games. He has provided desperately needed scoring for an offensively challenged team that was without Bertuzzi, who leads the team with five goals.

Larkin, the team’s captain, has been playing through an undisclosed injury since he was hurt last week against Dallas.

”I feel like I can still help us win, so I’m going to be out there,” he said. ”If that changes, I’ll have to make a decision.”

And…

PANDEMIC PLAY

The Red Wings were without Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill and Filip Zadina due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, while Florida didn’t have anyone on the league’s list.

”I don’t know the exact dates, but we should have most of them available for Wednesday,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

Update: Here’s a bit more on the COVID quintet from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:

The Wings will be getting some of their players on the COVID-19 protocol list gradually this week.

Robby Fabbri and Adam Erne could be back as soon as Wednesday in Tampa, while Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill and Filip Zadina are likely to filter in during the early part of the road trip.

Post-game videos: Larkin, Blashil, and NHL.com highlights

Subsequent to the Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night, Fox Sports Detroit posted post-game video comments from Dylan Larkin and coach Jeff Blashill, as well as a bit from Mickey Redmond:

NHL.com was also first to the mark with highlights:

Update: Fox Sports Detroit also posted a clip of Givani Smith speaking with Trevor Thompson…

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Red Wings-Panthers Game 2 quick take: Wings can’t rally but work damn hard in 2nd straight loss to Florida

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap an 0-4-and-2 streak opposite a Florida Panthers team that’s won 7 straight games in Detroit.

Florida made it 8 straight in Detroit and 9-0-and-1 over their last 10 vs. the Wings–with 4 more meetings between these teams on tap in February–via a 3-2 victory over a Red Wings team that was damn determined to rally from a 3-1 deficit. Detroit opened the scoring, gave up 3 straight goals (2 on the power play), and Detroit ulttimately was unable to rally completely.

The Wings got gutsy performances from an injured Larkin, a healthy Mantha, a big and ornery Givani Smith and Michael Rasmussen, Troy Stecher was excellent, Thomas Greiss was competent and strong in goal, and Detroit at least pissed off and distracted the Panthers at times due to their willingness to play a little dirty and work their tails off.

None of that resulted in a much-needed win for the 0-5-and-1-of-late Wings, but there was a sense of hope throughout this game that has been missing for half a month now. That counts for something in the “growth and learning” department.

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FSD’s Trevor Thompson’s update on Moritz Seider is not good

At the start of the 3rd period of the Wings-Panthers game, Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson offered a North American, English-language update on Moritz Seider, who suffered a shoulder injury playing with Rogle BK last Thursday.

According to Thompson, the Red Wings believe that Seider will be out for “quite some time” due to his issue, which, again, is presumed to be a shoulder injury.

Rogle BK’s website reported that Seider’s injury was of the soft tissue variety, and that’s hard to narrow down.

Prospect Round-up: Berggren, Wallinder, Niederbach score in Sweden

In the SHL, Jonatan Berggren scored a goal on 3 shots, finishing at +1 in 16:16 played as Skelleftea AIK won 4-1 over Lulea Hockey:

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, William Wallinder scored a goal, finishing at -1 with 3 shots in 16:37 played, and Theodor Niederbach assisted on Wallinder’s goal, scored a goal of his own and finished at +1 with 2 shots in 16:37 played as MODO Hockey lost 4-2 to Tingsryds IF:

Malte Setkov had an assist, finishing at -1 in 23:43 played as AIK Stockholm won 3-2 over Vasteras IK. Gustav Berglund finished even in 15:29 played for Vasteras;

And in the ICE Hockey League, Jesper Eliasson served as the back-up in Red Bulls Salzburg’s 4-2 win over the Vienna Capitals.

Taxi squad moves: Givani Smith recalled, Chase Pearson assigned to taxi squad

Per the Red Wings:

Link: Jimmy Howard spoke with the NHL on Sirius XM Radio on Friday

I can’t embed this, but the NHL on Sirius XM Radio posted this Tweet this morning…

ICYM the full interview with Jimmy Howard or want to listen to

Jarmo Kekalainen #CBJ
Pierre-Luc Dubois #GoJetsGo
Kevin Cheveldayoff #GoJetsGo
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Click👉- https://t.co/lUJSmv69vC https://t.co/2ZJpgkaCgr— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) January 30, 2021

And you can go to this webpage and listen to Howard’s interview