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A2Y- The Talk Before Facing The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

02/07/2023 at 12:43pm EST

Coach Lalonde first, below find Lucas Raymond.



from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit’s Dylan Larkin will be among the players matched up against McDavid.

“It’s like you can have a two-on-one or a three-on-two, or any kind of odd-man rush, but you almost have to think if you miss the net, or something happens, where he’s at,” Larkin said. “It’s unlike anyone I’ve ever played against. I think the game almost slows down and people start watching him to see what he’s going to do. You got to check him, you got to stay tight to him and make it hard when he’s trying to wind it up and get his separation early.”

McDavid has four goals and 13 points in 11 career games against the Red Wings....

“Just be above him, not give him easy offense,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “He’s going to create offense. You see his numbers. We watched their power play. They’re going to get some looks. That’s who they are. But if you’re giving him easy offense, turnovers for offense, time and space on entries, not checking him where he’s feeling the puck and comfortable, he’ll make it a tough night. Just be above and taking away some time and space on him and cross your fingers.”



from NHL.com,

But which of the two, Raymond or Seider, will end up being the more important building block for the Red Wings in the next five years?

That's the question before NHL.com writers Mike Morreale and Amalie Benjamin in this installment of State Your Case.

Morreale: It appears Raymond will surpass his season totals from a season ago when he finished fourth in the voting for Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. Yes, I know Seider won that award, and deservedly so, but there are several reasons why I believe Raymond will turn out to be the more important building block five years from now in Detroit. For starters, the 20-year-old, who can play either right or left wing, has been playing a prominent top-six role in his two NHL seasons. After getting just two assists in his first seven games this season, Raymond is second on the Red Wings with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) and first with 14 power-play points (five goals) in his past 41. He's gaining confidence and earning key minutes (17:06 of average ice time) in big situations. In case you've forgotten, Raymond had 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) and 18 power-play points (five goals) in 82 games as a 19-year-old last season.

Benjamin: I did not forget how good Raymond was last season. He was a revelation and, clearly, will be an important piece for the Red Wings going forward. But the more important building block is Seider who, as you mentioned, won the Calder Trophy last season after he had 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) in 82 games and averaged 23:02 in ice time per game. Though the points have fallen off a bit this season -- Seider has 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 48 games -- he is still playing 23:01 per game and is a crucial piece for a team that's on the upswing. Seider is 21, still very young for a top defenseman, and will mature and improve ahead, as the Red Wings have acknowledged. But he's the type of player who has the confidence, skills, physicality and defensive acumen to anchor their defense for a new age in Detroit.

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