According to Team USA coach Jeff Blashill, Larkin (groin) will miss the rest of the IIHF World Championship tournament, but he'll "be fine," Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The Americans may be packing their bags if they fall to the Russians in Thursday's quarterfinal match anyway, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. There's no reason to believe Larkin's groin issue is overly serious, so he should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. The 22-year-old pivot will be looking to build on a 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in goals (32) and points (73) in 76 contests.
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.
Larkin scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
He also fired a game-high eight shots on net while recording a plus-3 rating. Larkin has found the scoresheet in four straight games, piling up four goals and six points, and the 22-year-old is now two points shy of his first career 70-point campaign with four games left on the schedule for Detroit.
Larkin scored twice Thursday in a 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres.
And with that, Larkin has hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. It is likely the first of many. Larkin is on a three-game, four-point streak that includes three goals. Use him well.
Larkin opened the scoring in Monday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
The goal, his 28th of the year, gave Larkin a career-high 64 points as he topped last year's mark. He did so in just 70 appearances this year. The burgeoning star center also has 71 PIM and 79 hits, as well as 257 shots, allowing him to provide some value across many categories -- as long as his minus-13 rating can be overlooked.
With 10 games remaining for the Red Wings, Larkin is two points shy of 64 -- which would mark a new career high.
More experience and a two-minute increase in ice time compared to last season have been carrying Larkin to a banner campaign. His confidence level seemed to reach new heights after inking a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension last August, and given that the fleet-footed pivot fires the puck so often -- he's at 249 shots through 66 games -- Larkin should remain an attractive fantasy option as long he stays healthy. He dealt with back and neck issues in mid-March but appeared none the worse for wear in his return against the Islanders last Saturday.
Larkin (neck) is expected to return Saturday versus the Islanders, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
This corroborates a report from Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. Detroit has been consistent with its message that the team will not be tanking in order to obtain a more favorable draft position, and Larkin returning for a team that has already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention further plays to that notion. The industrious top-line pivot has compiled 27 goals and 35 helpers through 65 games this season.
Larkin (neck) is targeting Saturday's clash with the Islanders for his return to the lineup, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Larkin was previously expected to be out until Tuesday against the Rangers, but he may be ahead of schedule. Whenever the center does suit up, it will almost certainly be on the top line. The 22-year-old needs just two more points to set a new career high and should continue logging over 20 minutes per game once back to 100 percent.
Larkin (neck) is expected to miss at least the next three games, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The 22-year-old center is having another great offensive season with over 60 points for the second straight year. With Detroit far out of the playoff picture, the team has no reason to rush him back. Still, he is expected to return at some point before the regular season ends.
Larkin (neck) is expected to return this season, The Associated Press reports.
There are 13 games remaining in the regular season for the Red Wings, who have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Still, that won't stop one of the league's most hardest-working players in Larkin from doing what he can to get back onto game ice. Expect another update on the 22-year-old ahead of Tuesday's road game against the Canadiens.
Larkin (back) is dealing with a neck strain, and while it's not believed to be serious, the top-line pivot isn't expected to play Saturday or Sunday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Larkin's trying to work past a lingering back issue, and with his neck evidently bothersome as well, the Wings won't be taking any chances with the prized forward. Barring a sudden turnaround with his health, Larkin will miss road games against the Lightning and Panthers, respectively.
Larkin (back) will not play Thursday night against the Rangers.
According to this latest report, Larkin's back issue has been lingering, and with the Wings well out of the playoff picture, it's no surprise that the young leader is being held out. Detroit very well could play forward/defenseman Luke Witkowski in Larkin's absence, but it's also conceivable that a reinforcement will be summoned from AHL Grand Rapids for the upcoming home contest.
Larkin scored a power-play goal and went minus-3 in Saturday's loss to the Coyotes.
After helping the Red Wings enter the offensive zone, Larkin went directly to the front of the net, where he tipped a shot from Niklas Kronwall into the back of the net. Despite the goal, Larkin's defensive game was disappointing, as he was on the ice for all three of Arizona's scores and he now has a minus-10 rating on the year.
Coach Jeff Blashill deemed Larkin (undisclosed) good to go for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Larkin's battled some soreness of late, skipping practice Thursday because of the issue, but it won't cost him any live action. He should reprise his role as the team's top-line center and on the first power-play unit, looking to add to his stretch of nine points over the last eight games.
Larkin (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday's road game against the Coyotes, per Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
Larkin reportedly is dealing with soreness, which typically doesn't equate to a serious issue, but it's difficult to know for sure since he missed Thursday's practice. If the Wings end up promoting a forward from AHL Grand Rapids before Saturday's contest, that will heighten suspicion that Larkin isn't fit to play.
Larkin was omitted from Thursday's practice due to soreness, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This issue reportedly stems from Tuesday's deflating 8-1 home loss to the Canadiens, which resulted in Larkin accumulating 12 PIM and a minus-2 rating over 20:09 of ice time. The Wings don't play again until Saturday's road clash with the Coyotes, so perhaps the high-flying pivot will be afforded some extra rest in between games to overcome his soreness.
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