De La Rose was absent from Monday's practice session, but is still expected to be in the lineup against Anaheim on Tuesday. Coach Jeff Blashill didn't elaborate on what caused De La Rose to miss practice, but it appears the center won't miss any time. In 35 games for the Red Wings, the Swede has tallied three goals, four assists and 29 shots and remains a low-end fantasy option.
De La Rose scored in Detroit's first game of 2019, but he's been held without a point in four games since that 5-3 home loss to the Flames on Jan. 2. De La Rose certainly isn't expected to be a regular scorer as a fourth-line grinder, but the Wings would gladly accept the random marker from a role player such as him. This team has 128 team goals compared to 158 allowed and are now in the basement of the Atlantic Division standings.
De La Rose swept the puck into the cage Tuesday, but Detroit's comeback bid fell short in a 3-2 road loss to the Flyers. With two goals and four assists through 23 games, De La Rose is performing as well as anyone could expect from a fourth-liner, at least in the attacking zone. The Swede is averaging 12:03 of ice time with a stable role on the penalty kill. You'd be hard-pressed to find a fantasy league where he's heavily deployed, but every team needs that responsible, hard-working forward who fights for loose pucks and simply does what he's asked -- that's De La Rose in a nutshell.
De La Rose managed a secondary assist in Mondays 3-1 home win over the Kings. Since joining the Red Wings on Oct. 17 -- he was claimed off waivers from Montreal -- De La Rose has mustered a goal and four helpers through 19 games. It's difficult to get too excited about a fourth-line center, but the 23-year-old has been a boon to Detroit's 15th-ranked penalty kill.
De La Rose (upper body) is expected to be in the lineup against the Devils on Saturday, according to Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. Even though De La Rose should play after missing the past three games, he's not an intriguing fantasy option in a bottom-six role for a Red Wings club averaging only 2.56 goals per game on the road -- 21st in the NHL.
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