from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Not getting a goal during Friday's 6-2 loss in Winnipeg pushed Raymond's current streak to 11 games without a goal. Raymond has one goal in his last 22 games played, a period that was interrupted by eight games being missed for a lower-body injury.
With only six assists in his last 19 games, simply getting on the scoresheet has been difficult for Raymond.
For a player that just turned 21 Tuesday, and in just his second NHL season, coach Derek Lalonde feels it's important to remember how young, and relatively inexperienced Raymond is.
"I forget how young he is at times and how much we ask of him," said Lalonde, noting Raymond is often on the Wings' top line and faces many of the NHL's best players. "He's been thrown into this league in a top-six role. He faces the other team's top line and top defensive pair every night.
"He's going to be a really good player going forward because of it."...
"I'd like to see more finish because he has been around those (offensive) chances," Lalonde said. "I still think he's learning how to compete every day. You can see when his compete is at a very high level he's a great player. All the tools are there.
"You've seen at times the tools, the compete. I still think he's learning that. We're trying to play the right way, holding everyone accountable and not cheating, being on the right side of the puck. He's in the middle of the process and it's going good."
more ($) including Kulfan saying Tuesday could be the day Kasper possibly plays in Montreal...
I insist that they trade him to St Louis for a 7th round pick.
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
The Alex Nedeljkovic reality for the remainder of this season is that he’s playing for the Detroit Red Wings and auditioning for 31 other NHL teams.
Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman hasn’t said what his goaltending plan is for next season. But the fact Nedeljkovic and Magnus Hellberg haven’t been re-signed says Yzerman likely will consider options to be Ville Husso’s backup next season.
Nedeljkovic has been fortunate that a Husso injury has at least provided him an opportunity to show that he is still an NHL-quality goalkeeper. In fact, highlights from Thursday 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes would make a good recruiting video to be sent to teams. Nedeljkovic made 31 saves against the ‘Canes.
“He kept us in the game for sure,” Detroit defenseman Jake Walman said. “That’s the Ned that we know and he played unreal to. . . . I mean (it was) more than a couple of big saves. He for sure won us that game.
“>Husso (lower body) may be close to returning, but Nedeljkovic probably will start Sunday’s game in Toronto.
“It’s nice getting to play a couple of games in a row and get into a rhythm, feeling good,” Nedeljkovic said after his last game.
It’s difficult to know what Nedeljkovic’s future will look like. The NHL only has 62 goalie jobs, and the vast majority are already contractually obligated to players. It’s impossible to know how many teams will make a change at the starter or backup position, but you can guess there won’t be a multitude of openings.
In typical Detroit sports tradition he’ll be let go and signed by somebody and come back to shut out Detroit next season.
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