With their second day off in a row, the Red Wings hit the ice this morning in preparation for the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at the Joe Louis Arena. Red Wings fans got some interesting updates from the beat, which included Vanek updates, and a reassembled lineup:
#RedWings lines at practice:— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) November 14, 2016
Wait a tick, Luke Glendening 2nd line winger? Uh, what? After a few moments of upset, and freak-out, fans learned that Jeff Blashill is essentially experimenting with this lineup change:
blashill: glendening a thought on 2d line in continuing efforts to get more forwards down low at net. but not for sure.— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) November 14, 2016
So basically, Blashill is trying to add some edge to the top-six, acquiring those “dirty goals” that he has been so very hung up on. I doubt The Glendening Experiment lasts very long. Another note: It sounds like Steve Ott will be a healthy scratch tomorrow night, as well as Niklas Kronwall, who will get some of that nice “old man” rest.. It sounds as if Ryan Sproul may be the most likely candidate to replace him:
Blashill said Niklas a Kronwall won't play Tuesday, opportunity to give him some rest. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 14, 2016
On the injury front, Thomas Vanek’s return is imminent, though the backdating of his LTIR seems to have been reported incorrectly:
Thomas Vanek (hip) practicing, says he feels good. Eligible to join Red Wings Sunday (will be 10 games Tues, but Friday = 24th day LTIR).— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 14, 2016
The Red Wings are now expecting Vanek to return on Sunday, but we were under the impression that he would be ready for Friday against Washington. Regardless, the Red Wings will be making some roster shifts to clear up space to bring him off of LTIR. Tyler Bertuzzi’s cap hit alone won’t do it, so you can bet that Anthony Mantha is Grand Rapids bound, barring some strange turn of events.
In other minor news, Tomas Jurco continues to skate with the team, but his return doesn’t appear to be anytime soon. Hopefully by the time he is ready to make his return, the Red Wings will have some sort of plan that doesn’t cost them losing a player.
The Wings will play the Tampa Bay Lighting at the Joe tomorrow night. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm ET, you can watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit, or stream from the Fox Sports Go app on your mobile device.