from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch coming out of the break:
Seider, Chiarot plus-minus concerning?
The Red Wings’ top defensive pairing of Moritz Seider and Ben Chiarot has been intact since the start of training camp. Seider (minus-14) and Chiarot (minus-13) have the worst plus-minus ratings on the team, but that isn’t indicative of their play as much as it reflects being matched up against top lines consistently.
“There’s some times their game has dipped a little bit, maybe not as tightly gapped,” Lalonde said. “But it’s a matchup thing for them. I think Bob (assistant coach Boughner) has managed it very well. Bob has done a good job when those two haven’t been at the top of their game, even giving (Olli) Maatta-(Filip) Hronek that top matchup.
“Not alarming to me. I know some people consider plus-minus outdated. There’s some truth to that with how much we have with underlying numbers, and their underlying numbers are fine.”
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