Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin out for rest of season due to injury

Larkin dealing with upper-body injury

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury, the team announced Friday.

Larkin had left a game against the Dallas Stars earlier this week due to an unspecified upper-body injury, then he was held out of the lineup in Thursday night’s contest against the Stars.

The 24-year-old center had 23 points (9G, 14A) in 44 games played this season. He was named the 37th captain in Red Wings history at the beginning of this season.

The Red Wings said Friday that Larkin will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The team, sitting in 7th out of eight teams in the Central Division, has seven games remaining on the schedule.

Detroit announced Thursday forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen also would not return to play this season due to injuries.

Veleno on taxi squad

Center Joe Veleno, 21, has joined the Red Wings taxi squad as this season winds down with 10 more games on the schedule. Veleno was on loan to the SHL’s Malmö Redhawks with whom he scored 11 goals and 9 assists in 46 games. He was Detroit’s 1st-round pick, 30th overall in 2018.

Detroit Red Wings' Joe Veleno plays against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Veleno played 54 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2019-20 for 11 goals and 12 assists. He also shined at the 2020 WJC for Canada with 6 goals in six games. Veleno was Steve Yzerman’s first signing as Detroit GM in 2019. He’s now in his second of a four-year entry-level contract that expires in 2023.

He was first recalled earlier this month to the Griffins after his Swedish pro league season came to an end. Now Detroit is readying him to join the NHL lineup. It’s a great sign to see him getting the opportunity before this season ends.

Let’s see what he looks like jumping right in from Sweden.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.