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Battling For Power Play Time

09/30/2022 at 6:39am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We have a little more luxury, a little more depth, where we feel guys can battle for power play spots," Lalonde said. "I think you are going to see a lot of guys net-front. You may see Dylan Larkin in this exhibition net-front. You may see Tyler Bertuzzi net-front. You may see Raymond net-front. I think it’s a little combination of we want the puck maybe going through different guys on the half-wall. So all those guys, maybe outside of Mo on top, maybe outside of Perron and his one-timer side, those other three spots, we are going to be rehearsing many guys throughout those spots throughout camp."

Filip Hronek is, like Seider, a right-shot defenseman who has experience running power plays from up top. Larkin, Bertuzzi, Raymond and Perron and Jakub Vrana are shoe-ins to play roles. Robby Fabbri has been a power play regular, but he's out until mid-January recovering from knee surgery. Filip Zadina is another Red Wing who has been used on man-advantages, during which he likes to set up in the right circle for one-timers. Newcomer Dominik Kubalik has scored 11 of his 62 career NHL goals during power plays. Suter, Adam Erne and Michael Rasmussen also are options.

"We kind of worked back from our exhibition matrix, of the eight games, of getting what we foresee as our one and two units into games," Lalonde said. "Now, that will change throughout, even the next time you’ll see what we might foresee as our top unit, you’ll see some different personnel on it.

"Our penalty kill is 11-for-12. Our power play is 2-for-5. Again, it’s exhibition. Not really overly concerned about the numbers. But at least we’re getting looks and touches. It’s a good start to our special teams, but we’ve got a long ways to go."


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