The Detroit Red Wings will face the Vancouver Canucks this evening (7 PM EDT start on BSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM) without Dylan Larkin in the lineup, and Thomas Greiss will start in goal for Detroit. After coach Blashill spoke with the media today, the Wings’ press corps filed articles regarding his remarks:
- MLive’s Ansar Khan posted an article in which coach Blashill discusses Dylan Larkin’s suspension:
Joseph was not penalized for the check or disciplined by the NHL for an act Blashill believes is more dangerous than the one that got Larkin suspended.
“Philosophically, I think the most dangerous plays in that game by far are the high hits from behind, any kind of push or cross-check high in the numbers where the player goes head-first into the boards,” Blashill said. “If I was a player, those are the plays I’d want to be protected from the most. When I talked to my son last night, when he was asking me questions like why is the punch with a glove on more dangerous than the other one, I had to explain to him that it’s not for me personally.
“Ultimately, Dylan will serve his suspension, we’ll take our medicine and move forward. I think Dylan knows you want to keep your emotions in control at that point, but as I watched it yesterday, I totally understand why he didn’t. None of us are perfect. I totally get it, given what he’s been through and the instances that have arisen over the course of the last 8-10 months.”
Coach Blashill also addressed Larkin’s replacement, one Robby Fabbri, and Blashill spoke about Carter Rowney’s debut as well:
“Fabbs has played a decent amount of center, started last year at center,” Blashill said. “I think Fabbs has played real good hockey this year (including training camp and preseason), so I think Fabbs is in position to be successful in that spot.”
Carter Rowney will make his Red Wings debut.
“He’s certainly a guy who knows how to play in this league, a guy I wanted to get in the lineup at some point anyway,” Blashill said.
2. From the Canucks’ side of the equation, we get this Tweet from The Athletic’s Thomas Drance…
#Canucks Luke Schenn, Brock Boeser, Nick Petan and Brad Hunt were skating this morning in Detroit, per my watchful @TheAthleticNHL colleague @m_bultman.
Strongly suggests that Vancouver will ice the same lineup on Saturday that won in Philadelphia last night.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) October 16, 2021
And I’ll post the rest of today’s notebooks as they become available.