Givani Smith got back to the show on Saturday. The Detroit Red Wings were making the decision to recall right-winger Smith from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins to play in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
“Excellent,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said of Smith. Simple, gave us some forecheck, gave us good minutes.”
Givani’s older brother, former Red Wings center Gemel Smith, was also putting on a show earlier the week. Playing for the Syracuse Crunch in an AHL game, Gemel punched Adam Gaudette as the Toronto Marlies forward was entering the team bench.
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Determining that there was unfinished business, Smith then grabbed Gaudette’s sweater, yanking him back on the ice and deliving more punches.
His punishment for this crime? League suspension? An instigator penalty?
How about a double-minor for roughing.
Givani and Gemel Smith were briefly Red Wings teammates for three games last season before Gemel was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the first time Detroit skated with siblings in the lineup at the same time since 1969.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Red Wings goalies were trolling captain and Michigan man Dylan Larkin over the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan vs Michigan State football game
- Detroit defenseman Olli Maatta is of the belief that the team got away from its identity during their recent two-game losing skid
- Red Wings fans were unhappy about the two-game suspension the NHL was issuing to center Michael Rasmussen
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