The first 7,500 fans who arrived at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night for Detroit’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators received a Dennis Cholowski bobblehead.
It’s a fairly big night for a young player finding his way in the NHL, but there was just one problem. Cholowski wasn’t in the lineup.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 14, 2019
The rookie, who has been out of the lineup for the last few games, was a healthy scratch on his special night. The timing obviously wasn’t great, and Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill seems to be making a habit of benching Cholowski at incredible inconvenient times.
So Blashill has scratched Cholowski 5 times this year, & they were:
-his first game back in his hometown with family and friends there
-one of the games on the dad’s trip, with his dad there
-his bobblehead night
He really couldn’t scratch him the other 77 games of the season?
— Arthur Morgan (@Larkinsomniia) February 14, 2019
Cholowski was sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins following Detroit’s 3-2 win over Ottawa, so it looks like the youngster won’t be subjected to any more embarrassing scratches for the rest of the season.
Cholowski got off to a hot start for Detroit this season, recording eight points in his first 11 NHL games, but hasn’t recorded a point since January 11th and has a has a team-worst minus-20. Blashill believes this move is “the best move for his [Cholowski’s] individual development.”
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