Almquist had scored 45 points for the Griffins, the second-highest total on the team and the third-highest in the league among defensemen.
Babcock and players say they have never seen an injury situation worse than what has beset the Red Wings.
NHL general managers may be nearing recommendations on rule changes but believe there is little need for significant action.
Amid smoke and flashing lights, a large red banner emerged from a big black box, and No. 5 ascended gracefully, regally, to the rafters.
Certainly, the situation spells trouble – or at least an uphill climb – for Detroit, but head coach Mike Babcock refuses to dwell on the injury issues.
Before the puck drops at the old-school Joe Louis Arena each night, as the national anthem plays, Mike Babcock gazes up toward the rafters.
After 17 days with no NHL games, the Red Wings get back into the swing of the season quickly with games Wednesday and Thursday against the Canadiens and Senators.
In pursuit of their 23rd consecutive playoff berth, the Detroit Red Wings might not get any help from Swedish star Henrik Zetterberg the rest of the way.
“If I’m an owner and a general manager in this league, I am real skeptical of whether or not our guys should participate in this, quite honestly,” Renney said.
Steve Mason and the Flyers are playing their best hockey of the season heading into the Olympic break.