Red Wings-Canadiens morning skate video: Coach Blashill, Michael Rasmussen

The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens held morning skates ahead of tonight’s match-up (7 PM EDT on Bally Sports Detroit/TSN2/RDS/97.1 FM)…

And we found out that Dylan Larkin would miss tonight’s game for personal reasons, with Michael Rasmussen slotting into Larkin’s spot on the top line with Robby Fabbri and Lucas Raymond.

There’s nothing that the Red Wings can do without Larkin (here’s hoping that everything is okay with Larkin and his family) and Bertuzzi (who is missing the game for some very different “personal reasons”), and the Wings got hammered 6-1 in their last game in Montreal–exactly one week ago–so the team will have to band together tonight.

Here’s coach Jeff Blashill’s morning media availability:

Here’s Michael Rasmussen as well:

Ken Kal remains optimistic about the game:

Canadiens return home after west coast road trip. 1st game back after a long road trip is always tough on a team. Red Wings will try and catch them tonight but the Wings are without Larkin & Bertuzzi.— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) November 2, 2021

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