Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has been playing terrific hockey of late, scoring five goals in three games last week to win First Star honors from the NHL. As a result, Steve Yzerman's restoration appears to be slightly ahead of schedule. If the season ended today — and that's a newfound possibility in the COVID age — the Red Wings would be the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Larkin, a 25-year-old captain from just down the road from Hockeytown, is well on his way to the best year of his career. The points and plus-minus number reflect his play. He's also doing the leadership tasks with aplomb, as evidenced by his awareness slider turning up to 99 during a recent trip to Long Island.
After knocking over a fan's expensive arena beer during warmups, Larkin sought out Detroit's locker room attendant Rick Szuber and made sure the disappointed fan got some fresh suds. His beer-based heroics were captured and posted by the team because who wouldn't want to highlight a dude like this?