Defenseman and Detroit Red Wings draft pick Emil Viro is back with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins were recalling Viro from the ECHL Toledo Walleye on Thursday.
What does that mean for the Detroit Red Wings? Maybe nothing. Or perhaps, the news on Filip Hronek’s condition might be worse than the original diagnosis.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) December 15, 2022
Red Wings defenseman Hronek left Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild after absorbing a head check for Wild tough guy Ryan Reaves. According to Detroit coach Derek Lalonde, Hronek was seeking a return to action but doctors were overruling his request.
If Hronek isn’t unable be to playing in Saturday afternoon’s home game against the Ottawa Senators, it will be leaving Detroit with only six healthy defensemen. Olli Maatta (illness) and Robert Hagg (injured) were out Wednesday. If neither is ready to go on Saturday, journeyman veteran Steven Kampfer is likely to drawn into the lineup. He was recalled earlier in the week.
It’s possible that the Red Wings might be looking to add a depth defender for Saturday. That could mean a first NHL recall from one of Simon Edvinsson, Albert Johansson or Jared McIsaac. We’ll have a better idea of what’s going on with the Detroit defense following Friday’s practice.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Reaves isn’t getting an NHL suspension for his high hit on Red Wings D Filip Hronek
- Former Detroit forward Darren McCarty assesses that the Reaves check would’ve been considered a clean hit during his playing days
- Ex-Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is being inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame
Red Wings Next Game
The Ottawa Senators come to Little Caesars Arena for a Saturday matinee with a 1 p.m. ET start. The Red Wings will be seeing their Atlantic Division rival visiting twice this month. The Senators are also coming to Detroit for the annual New Year’s Eve game.
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