The Detroit Red Wings dressed a game-ready lineup, absent one Nick Leddy, as Adam Erne, Jordan Oesterle and Lucas Raymond cleared COVID protocols and joined the team for Thursday’s practice at Little Caesars Arena’s Belfor Training Center.
The Red Wings will host the 19-6-and-7 Washington Capitals on Friday, barring unforeseen circumstances, and Washington beat Nashville 5-3 on Wednesday night, which was their first game after the NHL’s pause. The Caps are holding an optional practice in Washington today.
The Red Wings haven’t played since December 18th, when they beat the New Jersey Devils. Since then, four games have been postponed, and they’ll have to be made up during the Olympic Break or at the end of the 21-22 regular season.
Friday’s game will usher in a busy schedule: Detroit plays every other day from Friday until January 8th, with a matinee home game vs. the Bruins on Sunday and a home game vs. Nashville on Tuesday preceding a 3-game West Coast swing and a 5-games-in-8-nights stretch in the middle of the month. Overall, Detroit will play 16 times over the next 32 days.
After Thursday’s practice, the Red Wings met with the media corps via Zoom, and here are some Tweets from said media availabilities:
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Moritz Seider said he went to Dylan Larkin’s house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) December 30, 2021