Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and reports (plus some Swedish stuff): Not much information on the Wings’ lineup; Panthers’ skate underway at 11:44 AM

The struggling Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers for a two-game series tonight and tomorrow at Little Caesars Arena (7 PM EST on Saturday; 5 PM EST on Sunday; both games will air on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM).

Our friends from Florida have won 6 straight games in Detroit, and possess a 3-0-and-1 record thus far.

The Red Wings were supposed to hit the ice just before 10:30 AM for their morning skate, but there was a delay, and Ken Kal’s Tweet made it look like an “optional”:

Morning Skate Show coming up Join us— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) January 30, 2021

Still optional?

The boys have hit the ice for morning skate as we prep for tonight’s matchup with the Panthers. #FLAvsDET #LGRW

Watch live presented by: @littlecaesars »— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 30, 2021

The Athletic’s Max Bultman also Tweeted this, which explains why the Wings are auctioning off 250 seats per home game:— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 30, 2021

The beat writers didn’t Tweet out anything from the morning skate, and, as of 10:45 AM, the Red Wings’ live stream was simply saying that the stream would begin shortly, so we waited until 10:48 till the stream started.

It looked like there were a fair number of Wings on the ice, including Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss in the net, with both goalies off the ice by 10:55, and Givani Smith, Taro Hirose and Michael Rasmussen stayed out late after the morning skate ended.

The bottom line: No beat writers at the morning skate and no information from the Wings’ morning skate show = tonight’s lineup is To Be Determined.

Ahead of their morning skate, the Panthers plugged Jameson Olive’s game preview…

Meanwhile, in Sweden, Joe Veleno set up Grand Rapids Griffins alumnus Matt Puempel for a goal for the Malmo Redhawks…

And Lucas Raymond snapped a points slump:

Lucas Raymond assist on Frölunda’s 2-2 goal in the 1st period.— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) January 30, 2021

Elmer Soderblom scored a goal as well:

MÅÅL! 11:46 in i den tredje hugger Elmer Söderblom in en lös puck bakom Samuel Ersson och utökar vår ledning till 6-3.— Frölunda Indians (@frolunda_hc) January 30, 2021

Elmer Söderblom’s net front presence pays off as he finds the puck for his 2nd SHL goal.— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) January 30, 2021

Back at LCA, the Panthers took to the ice at 11:30 AM…

And Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the media after today’s morning skate in Detroit, ahead of tonight’s game. He does not update Bernier’s status.

Blashill also hints at the concept that the Hirose, Smith and Rasmussen demotions to the “Taxi Squad” are temporary, but he was particularly evasive regarding lineup decisions today.

Aggravatingly, the Panthers did not post any news from the morning skate as of 12:01 PM…

Then came the Zoom Call Tweets:

Morning skate scenes. #FLAvsDET #LGRW— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 30, 2021

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