The Detroit Red Wings beat a Toronto Maple Leafs workforce that was lacking 20-goal scorer Auston Matthews on Thursday. Matthews missed his second straight recreation with an undisclosed harm. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe will solely enable that it is a lingering problem that is been bothering the 2021-22 Hart Trophy winner for a while.
My guess based mostly on all the things that is been talked about is that it stems from this (uncalled) cross-check by Jamie Benn on October twentieth. He was in noticeable discomfort that evening and instantly following and all the things strains up description smart.
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 11, 2023
Some Toronto writers are suggesting that it might stem from a cross-check Matthews took in the again from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn earlier this season. If so, Red Wings and Leafs followers might discover themselves in the bizarre place of being in lockstep in terms of their disdain for Benn.
In was a Benn cross-check that led to the season-ending neck harm suffered by Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin in 2021.
Oddly sufficient, Benn’s brother, defenseman Jordie Benn, performs for the Leafs.
Vrana Sits One Out
While the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins had been taking part in the Iowa Wild on Wednesday, Jakub Vrana wasn’t. The Red Wings ahead, assigned to GR final week after clearing NHL waivers, was a healthy scratch. The participant who drew into Vrana’s spot, Kyle Criscuolo, scored a aim because the Griffins misplaced 5-2.
The official cause given for Vrana’s absence was the AHL veteran rule. AHL groups are solely allowed to swimsuit up 5 non-goalies with 320 or extra NHL, AHL or elite European league video games performed. However, the underside line is that if Vrana was taking part in properly, he would not be the man the Griffins had been scratching.
Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde opted to defer to Griffins coach Ben Simon when it got here to Vrana’s healthy scratch.
“We’ll discuss all the things, however in terms of his workforce, it is his workforce,” Lalonde mentioned.
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The woeful Columbus Blue Jackets, backside of the NHL’s Eastern Conference at 12-27-2, go to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (7 pm ET).
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San Jose: The San Jose Sharks are on an traditionally dangerous tempo in terms of one-goal losses.
Vegas: Mark Stone (higher physique) was struggling an harm because the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers.
Colorado: The NHL’s worst workforce, the Chicago Blackhawks, beat the reigning Stanley cup champion Colorado Avalanche. Is it time to panic but?
Calgary: Rookie Walker Duehr scored his first NHL aim because the Calgary Flames beat St. Louis.
Islanders: Players on the New York Islanders had been exhibiting their frustration after a blown lead led to a fourth straight loss.
Washington: Is the scenario between the Washington Capitals and former Red Wings ahead Anthony Mantha past restore?
Philadelphia: Coach John Tortorella is eradicating all of the iPads from the Philadelphia Flyers bench.
Florida: There’s loads of household ties involving the Florida Panthers claiming Casey Fitzgerald on waivers.
Boston: Former Red Wings ahead Tomas Nosek is taking part in by way of harm for the Boston Bruins.
Pittsburgh: Is the skinny blue line of the Pittsburgh Penguins about to get thinner?
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