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Line Change Has Helped Lucas Raymond

04/09/2023 at 8:28am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

One of the positives for the Detroit Red Wings as they play out their season is Lucas Raymond's resurgence.

The second-year forward enters the final week on a four-game point streak, emerging from a quiet spell to play a better overall game. He'll have a chance to build on that Monday when the Wings play their final home game, hosting the Dallas Stars, followed by one last road trip, at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Raymond has six points this last stretch.

"I love his energy," veteran forward David Perron said. "I love the way he is invested in the game. He is trying to play the right way, and he's making plays.

"I sit beside him in the room and I always tell him, the games that he gets feisty a little bit are the games that he plays the best, usually. It's tough to do that every single night, I understand. But it's kind of always naturally — there's a scrum, next thing you know, he's got a good game."

Raymond picked up his fifth assist in the last four games when he helped set up the Wings' goal in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena. Pius Suter scored midway through the second period, with Andrew Copp also assisting.

That line has been together since late March, when coach Derek Lalonde flipped Perron to Raymond's usual spot next to Dylan Larkin, and put Raymond with Copp.

"We’ve had a little spark out of our top six just switching those guys around," Lalonde said. "So that line has a little bit of chemistry. And our power play has clicked.

"Lucas has been playing well, which is good. You want young guys to keep going. These are very important minutes and games for him in his development."

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from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s a look at several of those young players, starting in Grand Rapids with Carter Mazur:

Mazur Scoring for Griffins

The University of Denver didn’t get much of a chance to defend its national championship. But the Pioneers’ loss has been the Griffins’ gain. Five points in as many games, with three finding the net. Not bad for the third round pick out of Jackson, Michigan who seems on a fast track to the Motor City.

Mazur’s story is a favorite for fans, the state of Michigan product who was a 2021 third round selection. He was mentioned in the Hobey Baker Award conversation early in the season, and though his production slowed a bit, the forward finished with 22 goals and 37 points in 40 games.

Mazur inked his entry-level deal with Detroit shortly after Denver was eliminated. If the early returns with Grand Rapids are any indication, there’s a lot for the Red Wings to be pleased with.

Edvinsson Solid for Red Wings

It’s everything Red Wings fans and the front office could have hoped for with the 20-year-old defenseman. When general manager Steve Yzerman drafted him, Edvinsson was seen to have a high ceiling that if developed properly could give Detroit a phenomenal future pairing with Moritz Seider.

So far, so good.

Two goals in eight games, and a whisker from getting a third in the 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh. But his solid play has been noticed by opposing teams, and the young defenseman who tried to do too much in camp seems more at ease on the ice. But it isn’t without learning experiences, and head coach Derek Lalonde indicated that there’s only one more game of education.

“He’ll be in tomorrow and then we’ll see where he gets that last game,” Lalonde said before the Pittsburgh game. “It might make sense to give him the home games and go from there.”

The showing has been promising. A strong offseason and camp should have Detroit solid in its pairings.

Berggren Continues to Move Forward

When Jonatan Berggren netted his 15th goal of the season, it was another feather in the cap for the 23-year-old who earned a call up after eight games with Grand Rapids. With 28 points in 64 games, the winger who fancied himself more of a playmaker his double digit goal total shows flair for the left column of the scoresheet, too. Berggren has endeared himself to the fanbase with his willingness to go to the corners and play in the tough spots. The Swede is currently tied for 13th amongst rookies in points.



Thanks Paul, take it easy on the eyes if possible.  I had a problem with high (intra ocular) pressure but this procedure Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) successfully reduced the pressure to 16-18, remarkable.


Thank you.  Just hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst.


Really going down to the wire, Florida just keeps winning with literally a last minute goal.

Lost in the shuffle is Buffalo’s 13 points in 8 games, too little too late really.

POS clip 8Apr23

FLA: Home TOR and Home CAR

NYI: @ WAS and Home MTL

PIT: Home CHI and @ CBJ ( a combined 44 games under .500 in regulation time )


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

There’s been a change in the hierarchy of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment, the company that oversees all of the Ilitch family holdings, including the Detroit Red Wings. Chris McGowan, the company’s president and CEO, has left the organization.

“I have made the difficult decision to step down,” McGowan told Corpmagazine.com. “I am grateful to (Ilitch Sports and Entertainment CEO) Chris Ilitch for giving me the opportunity to work for the Red Wings and Tigers and thank everyone for the collaboration, passion, and true dedication to this company – it is something very much appreciated.”

Replacing McGowan and filling the new role of vice-president and COO of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment will be Ryan Gustafson.

“I’m confident the leadership of Ryan Gustafson and our executive team will continue providing a world class sports and entertainment experience for our fans and guests,” Chris Ilitch said.

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