Larkin (groin) is doubtful to suit up for Team USA in Thursday's 2019 IIHF World Championship quarterfinal clash with Russia. Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters, "I don't have that final word yet, but it doesn't look like he will be available (Thursday), Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports. Larkin's absence will certainly hurt the Americans' chances of getting past a stacked Russian squad that includes Nikita Kucherov, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Of biggest concern to fantasy owners will be the 22-year-old Larkin's long-term health, which doesn't seem to be in question at this point. The dynamic center should be ready to go for training camp in the fall and figures to challenge for the 80-point mark.
Larkin was hurt blocking a shot in the first period of Tuesday's World Championship clash with Canada, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Larkin was hit in a rather sensitive area while blocking a shot and didn't come back onto the ice for the second period. There is little reason to think this will be a long-term injury, though he could certainly miss some time for Team USA. The center ended the 2018-19 campaign with 11 points in eight games, setting new career highs in goals (32), points (75) and shots (73). Larkin -- who is expected to be named the captain for Detroit next season -- could push for even more points in 2019-20 and figures to get back over the 70-point threshold once again.
Larkin is expected to be named captain of the Red Wings ahead of the 2019-20 season, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. This isn't the least bit surprising, as the 22-year-old is a natural born leader and fresh off a team- and career-high 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) for the 2018-19 campaign. With Henrik Zetterberg forced to retire due to injury, Larkin spent the season as one of four assistant captains, but GM Ken Holland wants a young leader steering the club in a better direction after three consecutive years of missing the playoffs. "If you look at our assistant captains, the other three are older players," Holland said. "Ultimately, the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings is going to be somebody young."
Larkin posted three assists in a 4-1 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday. The Red Wings are on a six-game winning streak, and Larkin has a point in each of those wins. During the streak, he has five goals and 11 points with a plus-11 rating. Larkin already had career bests in the offensive categories before this run, so really this is just icing on the cake, but the 22-year-old has 32 goals and 73 points in 74 games this season.
Larkin collected an empty-net goal and a helper in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins. Larkin is up to five goals and three assists with a plus-9 rating during his five-game point streak. He's also fired 26 shots on goal in that span. The fourth-year center has reached 70 points for the first time in his career. With a career-high 280 shots, he ranks ninth in the league for putting pucks on net.
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