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After Practice interviews

10/12/2022 at 3:04pm EDT

Coach Lalonde first, below are Dominik Kubalik and Oscar Sundqvist.




from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde can’t emphasis one factor enough. He likes it on top.

When it comes to the type of hockey that makes the Red Wings coach absolutely fall in love with his team, staying on top is where it all starts.

“An on top team,” is how Lalonde envisions Detroit’s playing style for the 2022-23 NHL season. “I think you saw in the preseason. We had 5-on-5 success. I think teams had trouble getting out of their zone. We were gapping, we were in sync and just being on top.

“That’s who we want to be. We’d love to have that to be our identity.”

It all starts from playing the game with pace. They will be the go-go Red Wings season. Passive is changing to agressive. If you’re an NHL opponent, the intent of Detroit players is to be in your face at all times.

“This team can skate,” Lalonde explained. “Sometimes, people just think of that as skating with the puck. You see (captain) Dylan (Larkin) cutting through the neutral zone with the puck. We want to be skating fast away from the puck, getting on top.

“It’s something we’re gonna work on. I think when we’re playing well, that’s how we’re gonna look.”



Land of The Giants Line:                  Söderblom Rasmussen Sundqvist

You heard it here first😜


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

You could put the three of them on a basketball court, and from a size perspective, you wouldn't be losing anything in terms of a size advantage.

Michael Rasmussen (6-foot-6) centering a line with Elmer Soderblom (6-foot-8) and Oskar Sundqvist (6-foot-3) — the three were put together again Wednesday during the Red Wings practice — is a unique venture.

Rarely has there been over 19 feet of collective human beings on a hockey line. If coach Derek Lalonde keeps it together, it could give the Wings quite an advantage in certain situations.

"Size," said Lalonde, of what he likes about the line. "They work, they communicate well. There are times that line can possess the puck with the wind, the field position if you will, and have extended zone time. They've shown that. They've shown they can be real hard to play against.

"It's something we'll look at on Friday."



I don't mind Derek saying "process" as much, but probably bkz he has one.

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