Larkin (undisclosed) didn't practice Wednesday and is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Stars, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The reason for Larkin's absence from practice remains a mystery, and it looks like his status for Thursday's rematch with Dallas may not be determined until after Detroit's pregame skate. If Larkin's unable to go, Vladislav Namestnikov will likely get bumped up to the top line against the Stars.
Larkin scored a goal on five shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks. Larkin's tally at 12:22 of the third period spoiled Kevin Lankinen's shutout bid. The 24-year-old has been a big bright spot for the Red Wings so far -- he's up to three goals and two assists in five contests. The captain has added 20 shots on net and seven PIM, and he should continue to anchor the first line and top power-play unit throughout the year.
Larkin recorded two assists and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets. Larkin had the secondary helper on Anthony Mantha's second-period power-play tally and the lone helper on Tyler Bertuzzi's goal in overtime. The 24-year-old Larkin has produced four points and 15 shots in four games this year. With no hesitation to shoot, the top-line center should always be considered a threat to score as he flirts with a point-per-game pace early on. He also won 13 of 16 faceoffs Tuesday, which was his best performance of the year at the dot.
Larkin scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday. Larkin led all forwards in ice time (20:47). He saw an offensive drop last season and his team isn't much better this year. But we can't help but think Larkin can do better than his 53 points in 71 games of 2019-20.
Larkin was named team captain of the Red Wings on Wednesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Larkin has drawn serious praise for his competitiveness and leadership traits since the Wings selected him 15th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. As noted by Khan, the Michigan-born pivot becomes the 37th captain in franchise history, and the "C" gets stitched onto Larkin's sweater at the young age of 24. The consummate professional should be excited for a clean slate after a tumultuous finish to the 2019-20 campaign that saw the Wings finish last in the league with a 17-49-5 record. Over the course of his five-year career, Larkin has fashioned 107 goals and 159 assists between 389 contests.
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