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A2Y- Video - Coach Lalonde After The Morning Skate

01/19/2023 at 4:21pm EST

The only interview at this point today.

Then we have this, an ammonia leak at LCA today...

via WXYZ,

Crews are on the scene of a reported ammonia leak at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena Thursday afternoon.

Detroit Fire says the report came in around 3:15 p.m.

Officials say a small leak was discovered in the basement. We're told it's still early in the investigation to be able to determine what caused the leak.

Everyone who was in the building has been evacuated, according to officials. Officials say two people may have had minor chemical exposure, but are doing OK.

Paul

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

This is the right time for the Red Wings to be in Vegas.

Everything is coming up snake eyes for the Vegas Golden Knights these days. They have lost three of their four. Captain Mark Stone is out with an upper body injury. Their highly-touted rookie goalie Logan Thompson has lost three in a row with a cumulative .890 save percentage.

The Golden Knights have given up four or more goals in six of their last 10 games. They have watched their Pacific Division lead slip to two points over both the Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings.

“Nobody plays 82 games straight perfectly,” Golden Knights center Jack Eichel said. “… It’s frustrating we want to be better. But we learn from these games and figure out what we need to do to be better as group.”

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rwbillPaul

That should probably say, this is the right time for the Vegas Knights for Detroit to be in Vegas.  They typically have been good for what ail’s ya.

Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Entering Thursday's game in Vegas, Raymond has 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points. He's on pace to better last season's rookie accomplishments of 23 goals, 34 assists and 57 points, despite teams knowing and preparing to defend him, and the Wings being without Robby Fabbri, Tyler Bertuzzi and Jakub Vrana for much of this season, placing even more on Raymond's shoulders.

During his goal-scoring slumps, Raymond at no time listened to any of the outside noise. The speculation was foreign to him. Raymond was confident if he concentrated on what he normally has done, and does, things would turn around.

"Just trying to focus on my game," Raymond said. "I feel like I was happy with my game, and it was just a matter of time and it would come if I continued to do what I was doing. It's good that it (goals) finally came."

What coach Derek Lalonde has consistently maintained regarding both Raymond, 20, and Moritz Seider, 21, is their youth and inexperience, compared to the responsibility and expectations they have on the Wings.

"On teams a little deeper, a little more established, top players ahead of him, you can kind of take your time with it," Lalonde said of Raymond's development. "But, right now, Lucas is a first-line-type player for us, so we’re kind of developing on the fly, and it’s not easy to do.

"Impressed by both of them. It's impressive what they've done. It's almost unfair what we ask of them. You take Mo, every situation he's always against their (opponents') top line, he's first out on the penalty kill, first out on the power play. Raymond, it's very similar.

"It's experience by fire, both of them and they're handling it very well."

Captain Dylan Larkin went through a challenging sophomore NHL season himself, and Larkin wasn't concerned about Raymond coming out of a small goal-less streak.

"He's going to play a lot of hockey, and he's going to go through a lot of ups, a lot of downs," Larkin said. "When things aren’t going well, when the puck’s not going in the net, you've got to work, go out there and win battles. I was in this position (his second season), but he’s much more talented than I was at that age, and much more mature."

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Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings' front office, led by general manager Steve Yzerman, was at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday to take in the team's last game on what up till then had been a disappointing jaunt west.

The Wings have two veterans in the minors, assigned there this month to get their games in order. After making 35 saves on 37 shots Wednesday, Nedeljkovic improved his stats with the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2.26 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

Even more encouraging, given his initial performance after landing with the Griffins: Vrana scored.

"It looked like a Vrana goal, coming up the wing and great finish," Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. "You just hope he starts to build his game....

Now the best thing that can happen for the organization is that Vrana (who had one assist his first six games with the Griffins, resulting in being a healthy scratch for a pair of games) starts scoring regularly. Should that happen, the expectation is the Wings would recall him, put him on a top line and power play unit, and hope he does enough to intrigue a contender to make an offer ahead of the March 3 trade deadline. The Wings would likely have to retain some of the salary left on Vrana's contract, which runs through next season with a $5.25 million cap hit.

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rickytar

would suggest that Helene hold her horses, between the shoulder issue, and whatever he went through lately, I’d give V the opportunity to finish the season, in the bigs - like now.

have no idea why everyone is ready to ship him out, where are you going to find the kind of production this man is capable of?

https://twitter.com/i/status/1615885291339878400

from the top of the circle, goalie has a clear view, and still didn’t have a chance.

and she talks about an offer and retaining salary? please..

EthrDemonrickytar

Some people seem to be in a hurry to "sell low."  Giving Vrana every possible chance over the next ~13 months has roughly zero downside

M. Glynnrickytar

I'm hoping we see him back in Detroit eventually. Really pulling for him. Not speculating on his NHLPA reason, but I wouldn't want to get out of rehab/therapy and jump right back into work. I am assuming they need to go through a clearance process to come back right?

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