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A Good Night For Lucas Raymond

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I had some really nice looks today and especially this time of the game you want to score to help the team,” Raymond said. “Of course, you want to get that first goal. It’s something real special and it’s awesome, a special night.”

Raymond opened the scoring at 6:17 of the third period, taking a pass from Dylan Larkin and wiring a wrist shot over goaltender Joonas Korpisalo’s glove on the short side.

Shortly after that, Raymond side-stepped a check in the neutral zone and made a nice touch pass to Larkin, who set up Tyler Bertuzzi’s goal at 8:53, his fifth of the season, which proved to be the winner.

“Those are a couple of dynamic offensive plays,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “The one thing (Raymond) does pretty consistently is play a complete game. That earns trust and you get minutes. Are there parts of his game that have to get better? A hundred percent. And he knows it, especially moving his feet. He’s a real cerebral player, sometimes he can get caught just thinking his way through the game instead of thinking and moving his feet.

“Him and (fellow rookie Moritz) Seider both have a real good combination of confidence but yet real calm people and real respectful, real good inner drive. They’re not entitled people. I think (Raymond) has got a maturity beyond his years. That’s certainly going to help him as he goes through any upcoming trials and tribulations he’ll face.”

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Great night for both “Razor” and big Mo.  awesome to see Lucas get his first goal, and first multi-point game, in just game #3 of the season.  The kid already looks like one of the best players in the lineup and he’s only going to get better.  Same with Mo.  only going to get better.  If I’m not mistaken, both kids are PPG so far.  I don’t think they can maintain that pace over 82, but I don’t see why .5 PPG would be out of the question for either one.  Seider is going to be fed minutes and he makes so many smart plays, he will get his assists…. Raymond is just as good a passer as he is a shooter, so I don’t see why he won’t continue to rack up assists playing with 71/59 and getting PP time.

Larkin, Bert, and now Raymond really seem to be meshing and working well together.
It looks like Bert is going to score a lot of goals this season, if he can stay healthy.

Its nice to be excited for Wing hockey again… its been a while since it was entertaining like this.
I sure missed it.

And seeing/hearing TPH again wasn’t bad either, especially how he will only scout for the Wings.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 10/20/21 at 06:56 AM ET

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That Raymond goal is ONLY possible when you have a Dman making the play Seider made in their own zone.  The Wings haven’t had a dman who could make that play since…oh, a more nimble Kronwall 5 or so years ago.

Great to see the playmaking from both, and the release on the Raymond goal….beautiful.  Quick and deadly.  Perfect snipe.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/20/21 at 08:14 AM ET

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hat Raymond goal is ONLY possible when you have a Dman making the play Seider made in their own zone.  The Wings haven’t had a dman who could make that play since…oh, a more nimble Kronwall 5 or so years ago.
Posted by TreKronor on 10/20/21 at 09:14 AM ET

100%, having Seider and Leddy on top of Hronek finally gives the Wings a chance to play NHL hockey. 

The past 2-3 years, offense was an afterthought without talent to cleanly exit your zone with clean passes to fuel the rush, to a forward line with fresh legs that didn’t spent 30 seconds pinned.  And then when you do, then you need to have a guy who can make the 2nd pass and another who can pick a hole on the goalie and deliver.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 10/20/21 at 08:38 AM ET

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“The one thing (Raymond) does pretty consistently is play a complete game. That earns trust and you get minutes. Are there parts of his game that have to get better?

What?

So Erne and Gagner have a more “complete” game? Those two should not be getting more ice time than Raymond.

Looks like Blashill has been splitting line duty for the first line with other players besides Raymond because his ice time has been less than Larkin and Bert every game.

Posted by retrospecd on 10/20/21 at 09:23 AM ET

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Looks like Blashill has been splitting line duty for the first line with other players besides Raymond because his ice time has been less than Larkin and Bert every game.

Posted by retrospecd on 10/20/21 at 10:23 AM ET

Is he though?

could be because he missed the last few minutes of the 3rd after getting face planted into the boards.

Game 1, Larkin was kicked out so led to line jumbling near the end.  Game 2 Larkin was suspended, game 3 Raymond missed the last few minutes of the game after getting boarded.

Hopefully the next game with happen with all three players playing a full game and we can see where their icetime falls. 

 

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 10/20/21 at 10:01 AM ET

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That Raymond goal is ONLY possible when you have a Dman making the play Seider made in their own zone.

Agreed, and I even thought that Leddy’s pass, although short, was impressive.  It was through coverage and right on tape, such a simple play, but something that no one else on this team could pull off consistently until this season.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/20/21 at 10:46 AM ET

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Matt, your take is correct per

http://shiftchart.com/game/2021-10-19-blue-jackets-red-wings

It looks like everytime Raymond stepped on the ice, he was with Larks and Bert. Then he was out after his injury. Larks and Bert had 3 shifts in the 3rd period without him. I cant tell how much time that comes out to because I am mobile. But something tells me it explains a good bit.

Retro has non-stop complained about ice time, lines, roster choices (and blaming Blahsill for every single thing) since preseason. Clearly they didnt watch the game last night and/or just looked at the TOI stats and made an assumption.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/20/21 at 11:39 AM ET

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Here is the shift chart for the Lightning game. Once again, his linemates were always Larks and Bert until Larkin got tossed.

http://shiftchart.com/game/2021-10-14-lightning-red-wings

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/20/21 at 11:48 AM ET

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I have it backwards, it should be whenever Larkin and Bert come out, their linemate is Raymond. Regardless, shift charts prove the point. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/20/21 at 11:51 AM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 10/20/21 at 12:39 PM ET

There’s only 1 person to blame for line changes and game day rosters.

Why would I congratulate an awful coach on a job well done?

You think once he leaves in 2 years there’s going to be some 20 mile line for GMs to sign him?

Game 2, he still should have played more, regardless of whether Larkin is there or not. Raymond creates opportunity for his other line mates. He immediately improves when he’s on a line, it’s not even a question.

The same cannot be said for Larkin or Bert. Which is why their success has been limited and their pt totals capped. Larkin and Bert are 2nd line players on their best days without someone like Raymond.

Outside of a ton of PK times, there should never be a game where Raymond had less time than Gagner, Namestikov, Erne or Rasmussen or even the same time. I have no idea why Ras plays so much.

There also is no scenario where Gagner outplays or outscores Veleno so he shouldn’t even be on the team.

Wait till Stetcher is available and then Lindstrom sits because “he’s not better than a vet”.

Anyone is free to wager against my predictions.

 

Posted by retrospecd on 10/20/21 at 11:59 AM ET

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Retro has non-stop complained

And that’s after a very good 4:1 win, imagine when we lose:)

Posted by VPalmer on 10/20/21 at 12:11 PM ET

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What I am most impressed about looking at Raymond game is how calm and patient he is with the puck, he is mature beyond his years and indeed plays a complete game.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/20/21 at 12:12 PM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 10/20/21 at 01:11 PM ET

Right! Lol

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/20/21 at 12:59 PM ET

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