The Detroit Red Wings are summoning veteran forward Matt Luff from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. That means one of two things. Either a Red Wings forward was injured in Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Or it could be that one of the Detroit forwards awoke Monday morning to be battling a bout of illness.
Since the club was enjoying an off day on Monday following back-to-back games with the Bruins on the weekend, the answer won’t be known until Tuesday’s morning skate in Nashville prior to the game later that night against the Predators.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today recalled right wing Matt Luff from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.
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During Sunday’s game, Detroit captain Dylan Larkin did leave the game briefly after he was checked by Boston’s David Pastrnak with 3:29 to play in the second period. However, Larkin was able to return and play the third period.
Luff Entering Second Red Wings Tour
This is Luff’s second tour of duty for Detroit. Luff appeared in seven games with the Red Wings earlier this season, scoring one goal. He made his Red Wings debut on Oct. 27 in a 5-1 loss at Boston.
The 25-year-old has seen action with Los Angeles, Nashville and Detroit throughout parts of five NHL campaigns and has accumulated 24 points (14-10-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 94 NHL games. The Red Wings signed Luff to a one-year contract last offseason after he was part of the Predators’ organization a season ago.
Luff has been carrying the hot hand of late for the Griffins. Since returning from injury on Jan. 28, he has 15 points in 20 outings (4-11-15) and is currently on a five-game point streak. That is one game shy of tying his career high.
The Griffins don’t play again until Thursday. They travel to Cleveland, where they’ll be facing the Monsters.