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Dylan Larkin has back issue -- out of lineup for now

Dylan Larkin (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Dylan Larkin (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has been battling a "lingering" back issue and had to undergo a MRI on Thursday morning, the team announced.

That means Larkin will miss Thursday night's game against the New York Rangers. It's unclear how serious the issue is and if it will lead to him missing more games before this season ends. Larkin has been battling the issue all season, coach Jeff Blashill told reporters.

The 22-year-old has a team-high 62 points (27 goals, 35 assists) in 65 games played this season. He missed one game in February due to a strained oblique. Otherwise, he is Detroit's most consistent player on a game-by-game basis.

Green out for season

Meanwhile, the Red Wings also announced veteran defenseman Mike Green will miss the remainder of the season with a virus. Green missed the beginning of the season with a virus, too. He missed another significant chunk of time in December and January due to a lower body injury.

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