Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings Wrap: Is It One And Done For Pearson?
Chase Pearson’s long-awaited NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings finally came on Thursday against the New York Islanders. It didn’t go well for the Wings, who were 5-2 losers but Pearson played solidly as fourth-line center between Adam Erne and Sam Gagner. Pearson finished +1 when Gagner scored Detroit’s second goal.
“I thought Chase did a solid job,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He went in and did his job. He forechecked pretty good, he was solid defensively and he did a good job.
“I thought that was a great, great moment for him.”
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And yet, reading between the lines, it’s sounding like there might not be a chance for Pearson to get an encore. Blashill was non-committal about Pearson playing Saturday at Little Caesars Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I’m glad he got a chance to play,” Blashill said. “We’ll see what the future brings but I thought he did a good job.”
Milestone For Red Wings Captain Larkin
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Who’s Not: Detroit forward Michael Rasmussen has gone seven games without a point and 10 games without a goal.
Griffins Recall Fulcher
With the promotion of Calvin Pickard to Detroit, the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins found themselves down a goaltender. They solved that problem by recalling Kaden Fulcher from the ECHL Toledo Walleye.
The Griffins fell to 0-2 on their four-game West Coast trip with a 7-3 loss on Friday to the Bakersfield Condors. They play the Condors again on Saturday and are at the Ontario Reign on Sunday.
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Around The NHL
Pittsburgh: Missing center Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who play host to Detroit on Sunday, were smacked 5-1 by the New York Rangers on Friday.
Boston: Not so long ago, the Red Wings were six points behind the Boston Bruins for a playoff spot. Now, the Bruins are talking about their chances of winning the Eastern Confrence.
Philadelphia: Travis Konecny was a late scratch as the Philadelphia Flyers fell 6-3 to the Avs.
Islanders: A big part of their Thursday win over the Red Wings, forward Anthony Beauvillier is trying to show the New York Islanders that he is part of their future.
Washington: The struggling Washington Capitals scraped out a shootout victory over the surging Buffalo Sabres.
Florida: Recently-acquired Ben Chiarot was helping the Florida Panthers put a beating on his old team the Montreal Canadiens.
Colorado: Newly-added forward Artturi Lehkonen remains tangled up in immigration red tape while trying to get to the Colorado Avalanche from Montreal.
Vegas; Could Evgenii Dadonov’s voided trade turn out to be the best thing to happen this season to the Vegas Golden Knights forward.
Vancouver: GM JIm Rutherford is back on the job for the Vancouver Canucks after a bout with COVID-19.
Calgary: In a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter reunited his top line of Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm.
Montreal: With Northeastern bounced from the NCAA Tournament, the Montreal Canadiens are in position to sign prospect Jordan Harris of the Huskies.