The Detroit Red Wings continued their road trip without one of their top scorers Saturday as Dylan Larkin sat out their shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators due to an illness.
Larkin, who missed only one of the Red Wings’ previous 58 games this season, also did not participate in the team’s morning practice at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 19-year-old Larkin ranks second on the Red Wings with 39 points – two behind captain Henrik Zetterberg. He leads the club with 19 goals and also is first in game-winners (five) and plus/minus rating (plus-21).
Selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Larkin trails Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks by three goals for the league lead among rookies and is tied with Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes for third in points by a first-year player.
Larkin played in this season’s All-Star Game last month, becoming the first Red Wings rookie to do so since Steve Yzerman in 1984. He set a record during the SuperSkills Competition, winning the Fastest Skater event with a blazing time of 13.172 seconds.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Larkin hopes to be breaking out of his slump as he scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday to end his five-game drought. A native of Waterford, Michigan, he represented the United States at both the IIHF World Junior Championship and World Championship in 2015, winning the bronze medal in the latter.