Red Wings-Hurricanes Game 2 morning skate Tweets and updates: Bernier likely starter, Helm skating with team

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at 7 PM EST (on FSD+ and 97.1 the Ticket), hoping to avenge Thursday’s 3-0 loss.

The Wings plugged their “Morning Skate” webcast with their first Tweet of the morning…

We’re live at Morning Skate presented by: @littlecaesars. #CARvsDET #LGRW

Tune in » https://t.co/FpcREWdS2q pic.twitter.com/u3vFBa8WPt— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 16, 2021

For what it’s worth, Thomas Greiss was the goaltender who stayed on the ice the longest, and Darren Helm was allowed to skate with the team this morning…

The Athletic’s Max Bultman confirmed…

Jonathan Bernier is the first goalie off the ice this morning for the Red Wings— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 16, 2021

Darren Helm is out there skating, too— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 16, 2021

FYI:

For what it’s worth, the Carolina Hurricanes’ website has posted tonight’s game notes, and Dean Morton and Peter MacDougall will referee the game, with Shandor Alphonso and Ryan Galloway will work the lines.

Update: Carley Johnston reports that Frans Nielsen, Alex Biega and Darren Helm are all on the ice quite late.

Update #2: On the Canes’ side of the ice…This is due to Jordan Staal’s placing on the COVID reserve…

Geekie’s back 👊https://t.co/Gf3IDcm1xv— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) January 16, 2021

Dominik Bokk assigned by Canes to AHL Wolves. Had been playing in Swedish Hockey League.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 16, 2021

Geekie recalled from taxi squad by Canes.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 16, 2021

The #Canes have hailed a cab for Morgan Geekiehttps://t.co/f1o9VlBP7L— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) January 16, 2021

Wings’ Blashill, asked about Staal’s absence, said he has a ton of respect for Staal, calling him a “winning player.” Also noted Canes have strength and depth up the middle at center.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 16, 2021

First time since 1️⃣9️⃣7️⃣2️⃣ Skip Cunningham not with the @canes. He invented the Shovel day in day out, week in week out, year in year out, decade in decade out. #HumbleLegendpic.twitter.com/LSxprn7ZfG— Digging in with Tripp Podcast (@digintripp) January 16, 2021

Update:

@SaraCivian joined me to talk about the @Canes before tonight’s matchup with the @DetroitRedWings !! Of course I had to ask her THE most important question. I promise we got to talking hockey too. Check out the full interview below: https://t.co/xw5GcsLS3c pic.twitter.com/QLEjaWV4qS— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) January 16, 2021

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Previewing tonight’s rematch » https://t.co/gnFOxnTVN7 pic.twitter.com/1qzR0cb5kF— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) January 16, 2021

Geekie on how he’s transitioning well from junior to the AHL, and then AHL to the NHL: “I’ve had success being the player I am and sticking to my game, so it’s gotten me this far and I’m just trying to continue that trend and play well.”— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) January 16, 2021

Geekie on changing number to 67: “It looked cool.” Sometimes it’s that simple although he said there is a “boring story” to go with it. Maybe another time.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 16, 2021

Brind’Amour has “no idea” how long Jordan Staal will be out but confirmed Geekie will be in tonight and Staal (COVID protocol) is out.— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) January 16, 2021

Brind’Amour said Geekie may not slide into Staal’s spot in the lineup. We’ll have to see if the lines get reconfigured to account for Staal’s absence. You can certainly plan to see more Aho on the PK.— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) January 16, 2021

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