The Detroit Red Wings will be without team captain Dylan Larkin for the fifth time this season when they take on the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening.
Larkin left Sunday’s game in Anaheim after the first period with a lower-body injury. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that Larkin has not been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Some good news: Tyler Bertuzzi will remain in the lineup against the Sharks after being cut by a skate against the Ducks. Blashill also said that Robby Fabbri will fill Larkin’s No. 1 centre spot against San Jose.
The Sharks have won their last two games, both by 3–2 scores. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3–2 in overtime, with Tomas Hertl providing all three goals for the Sharks.
Both the Red Wings and Sharks currently rank fifth in their respective divisions. Detroit has a 16–16–4 record and 36 points in 36 games; San Jose is 19–16–1, with 39 points in 36 contests.
The Red Wings
Without Larkin, here are the combinations Detroit could deploy in San Jose:
Tyler Bertuzzi – Robby Fabbri – Lucas Raymond
Michael Rasmussen – Pius Suter – Vladislav Namestnikov
Filip Zadina – Joe Veleno – Adam Erne
Givani Smith – Carter Rowney – Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider
Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek
Marc Staal – Gustav Lindstrom
Projected starter: Alex Nedeljkovic (10–9–3, .915 SV%).
Here’s San Jose’s projected lineup for Tuesday’s game:
Alexander Barabanov – Tomas Hertl – Timo Meier
Jonathan Dahlen – Logan Couture – Noah Gregor
Andrew Cogliano – Jasper Weatherby – Matt Nieto
Jeffrey Viel – Lane Pederson – Nick Merkley
Mario Ferraro – Brent Burns
Jaycob Megna – Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Ryan Merkley
Projected starter: Adin Hill (8–9–0, .904 SV%).
Detroit: Dylan Larkin (16 goals, 32 points); Lucas Raymond (10 goals, 30 points); Tyler Bertuzzi (16 goals, 26 points); Moritz Seider (three goals, 23 points); Vladislav Namestnikov (10 goals, 18 points).
San Jose: Timo Meier (14 goals, 38 points); Tomas Hertl (20 goals, 31 points); Logan Couture (10 goals, 29 points); Brent Burns (four goals, 23 points); Erik Karlsson (eight goals, 22 points).
Players to watch
Detroit: It’s been a bit of a rough go lately for Joe Veleno, who has just two points in his last 19 games with the Red Wings. He’s still 21, of course, and it’s not as though he’s getting a ton of deployment in high-leverage situations. It’s entirely possible he’s approaching an inflection point in his season where everything just clicks and he starts producing while driving play. For now, he’s getting outplayed by Sam Gagner.
San Jose: It looked like Alexander Barabanov might just be another undrafted flameout when the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him to the Sharks last season. Barabanov managed just one point in his first 13 NHL games with the Leafs prior to the trade. Since then, the 27-year-old forward has nine goals and 27 points in 40 contests and looks primed to be one of the more coveted players at the upcoming trade deadline.
Viewing and listening options
Tuesday’s game in the Bay Area will be broadcast on Hulu starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.
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