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Detroit Red Wings Dylan Larkin to undergo core muscle surgery

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The Detroit Red Wings have announced that captain Dylan Larkin will miss the rest of the 2021-22 NHL season after undergoing core muscle surgery. There are seven games left in this season. This has been a bounce-back season for Larkin after he was injured by Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars in a game early in the 2020-21 season.

Larkin has scored 31 goals and added 38 assists in 71 games played for the Red Wings during this season. For him to lead the team in scoring after spending eight weeks in a cervical hard collar is a testament to his willingness to fight for the Red Wings franchise. Larkin was quoted recently as saying “You have to take pride in wearing the Winged Wheel.”

This was the first season that Larkin could play at home with fans in attendance after being named captain of the Red Wings. There was a pregame ceremony in which all of the past captains of the Red Wings honoured Larkin before a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Red Wings had not had a captain since Henrik Zetterberg was forced to retire after the 2018 season. Zetterberg was the 36th captain in the history of the Red Wings franchise.

This game would not end the way Larkin would have wanted as he was given a match penalty for “sucker-punching” Mathieu Joseph, then of the Lightning. He was then suspended one game for this sucker punch. Larkin said at the time that he was frustrated and should not have reacted in the way he did. The two have since texted with each other and Larkin has apologized for his actions. For now, Larkin will need to focus on recovering from this core muscle surgery and get ready for next season.

In the meantime, the Red Wings will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season under head coach Jeff Blashill. This means that Larkin has yet to play on hockey’s biggest stage. General manager Steve Yzerman has stepped in to help the franchise rebuild and get back to where it once was.

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