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The Daily: Red Wings Givani Smith Not Only Family Member in News; Couturier’s Career in Jeopardy?

Givani and Gemel Smith were both making news this week



Givani Smith, Detroit Red Wings
Givani and Gemel Smith were both in the hockey news this week.

Givani Smith got back to the show on Saturday. The Detroit Red Wings were making the decision to recall right-winger Smith from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins to play in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

“Excellent,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said of Smith. Simple, gave us some forecheck, gave us good minutes.”

Givani’s older brother, former Red Wings center Gemel Smith, was also putting on a show earlier the week. Playing for the Syracuse Crunch in an AHL game, Gemel punched Adam Gaudette as the Toronto Marlies forward was entering the team bench.

Determining that there was unfinished business, Smith then grabbed Gaudette’s sweater, yanking him back on the ice and deliving more punches.

His punishment for this crime? League suspension? An instigator penalty?

How about a double-minor for roughing.

Givani and Gemel Smith were briefly Red Wings teammates for three games last season before Gemel was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the first time Detroit skated with siblings in the lineup at the same time since 1969.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Red Wings goalies were trolling captain and Michigan man Dylan Larkin over the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan vs Michigan State football game
  • Detroit defenseman Olli Maatta is of the belief that the team got away from its identity during their recent two-game losing skid
  • Red Wings fans were unhappy about the two-game suspension the NHL was issuing to center Michael Rasmussen

Hockey Now Network

Pittsburgh: Seeing his first NHL action, Penguins rookie Sam Poulin is admitting that everything is going so fast for him. Pittsburgh Penguins

Boston: The Buins recalled Jakub Lauko from AHL Providence. He’s replacing David Krejci, injured on the Rasmussen high stick that led to the suspension of the Detroit player. Boston Bruins

Philadelphia: After undergoing his second back surgery in less than nine months, is the NHL career of Flyers forward Sean Courturier in jeopardy? Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal: There’s a new candidate up to play on Montreal’s top line. Montreal Canadiens

Washington: Both forward T.J. Oshie and defenseman John Carlson left the Capitals game against the Nashville Predators with apparent injuries. Washington Capitals

Islanders: The Islanders were honoring forward Josh Bailey on the occasion of his 1,000th NHL game. New York Islanders

Florida: Spencer Knight of the Panthers is the latest NHL goaltender to opt for the new Bauer laceless goalie skates that strap up like ski boots. Florida Panthers

Colorado: Leading scorer for the Avalanche, Valeri Nicushkin has been missing the past two games due to injury. Colorado Avalanche

San Jose: Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is off to a career-best start. San Jose Sharks

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Dallas: Stars goalie Jake Oettinger left Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury. Dallas Stars

Calgary: Jonathan Huberdeau talks about his first goal for the Flames. Calgary Flames

Vegas: Could the Golden Knights be looking to deal? With players returning from injury, they’ll soon have too many bodies on the roster. Vegas Golden Knights