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It didn’t look good when Dylan Larkin hurt himself Friday in overtime against Toronto — and it turned out to be bad.

But not nearly as bad as it could have been.

Larkin will miss the next week or two with a strained oblique muscle.

“He’s got a strained oblique,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ll say 1-2 weeks but really one week is our next game at home against Vegas (Thursday). There’s potential for that, we don’t know.

“We’ll take the progress day to day and see how it goes.”

Larkin reached for his right side while skating up the ice, chasing Toronto’s Mitch Marner. He finished the shift but was in obvious discomfort, and went directly into the locker room.

Larkin leads the Wings with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) in 52 games, while playing almost 22 minutes per game, which has largely been a breakthrough season for the Waterford native.

Even it’s for a handful of games, Larkin’s loss is a noteworthy blow.

But Blashill feels this will be an opportunity for other players to take up the slack.

“It depends on the extent to which the other guys, how well everybody else plays,” Blashill said. “I’ve said this lots, when you lose guys, you feel it way more if guys don’t step up. When guys step up and play great hockey, you don’t feel those losses as much.”

Andreas Athanasiou moved up the No. 1 line to center Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader, taking Larkin’s spot, Saturday against Ottawa.

 

 

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