from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Difficult conversations with players explaining why they’re out of the lineup has become routine for Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde.
That’s a good thing, better than early in the season when they were riddled with injuries.
“It’s not an easy conversation ever,” Lalonde said. “I don’t want the player to be happy with it. Sometimes tension, uncomfortable is part of it.”
Dominik Kubalik, Pius Suter, Filip Zadina, Jakub Vrana, Oskar Sundqvist and Jonatan Berggren have been healthy scratches in recent weeks.
It shows the depth that’s contributed to a 7-1-0 run that’s propelled the Red Wings into a playoff spot.
They will be deeper when Lucas Raymond, their third-leading goal-scorer, returns. That will lead to more difficult roster and lineup decisions.
48 hours without power at this time of year was on my mind, so glad it is restored...
That’sa huge relief Paul, being without power anytime is a nuisance, in winter downright miserable and ultimately dangerous.
it sure is rwb..., the significant other stayed with a friend so it was me and Bernie the bird. I would have found a place to stay but with a non-clipped African Grey, well let's say it would have been difficult.
Thankfully it is over.
Dobber hockey ran down the numbers with a Dylan Larkin with and without Raymond on his line. The results? We would not be where we are without Raymond being injured. He is a lodestone on the top line. Promising player that he is, he needs to be in the conversation among players who need benching.
tl;dr Larks was dragged down about 30% offensive production with Raymond than without and we had about 30% more expected goals against with.
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