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The Breakdown: Raymond Takes Over in Red Wings 3-0 Win

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The Detroit Red Wings had a lot of close calls and seemingly were one pass or a deke from a goal. But then Lucas Raymond took over in the third period.

Raymond battled through a couple stick checks and found a wide open Jakub Vrana who ripped Detroit’s first goal into the net. After back to back games and over five scoreless periods, Vrana’s shot ended a number close-but-no-cigar opportunities. Raymond fed Dylan Larkin for the second goal and then added another one of his own with just under six minutes left in the game. The Red Wings 3-0 road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks went beyond Raymond, but he sure seemed to be everywhere on the ice.

“It was a great heads up play by V,” Raymond said of the pass Vrana that set up his goal. “I got it, I was just trying to get a shot off, and this time it went in so it felt good.”

Those likely with roster spots already looked ready for the season as the preseason hits its midpoint.  Larkin was scoring goals and showcasing his speed whether on the kill or man advantage. Moritz Seider was a one-man wrecking crew against a physical Chicago team. Raymond was setting up scoring chances, goals, and then burying one of his own.

Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde was especially pleased with the team’s defensive efforts as they enter the second half of the preseason.

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“Just keep building on what we’ve been emphasizing–that’s play away from the puck,” Lalonde said. “Even the last two games, it’s been improved. It’s a start but we gave up one goal in the last two games five on five. But we’ve done a lot of right things.”

Red Wings Facts and Observations

  1. Joe Veleno’s preseason debut after returning from a groin injury showed that he was a bit lighter. Veleno drew the penalty late in the first churning, his speed causing the penalty. It was a solid first entry for the young forward
  2. DHN’s Bob Duff wrote how Michael Rasmussen’s faceoff wins were on the lower side. Midway through the second, the Red Wings had won only 37% of the 26 faceoffs taken. By the end, they’d pulled closer with 44% of the faceoffs in their favor
  3. Seider is no longer an after thought for teams. In fact, he’s starting to become somewhat of an annoyance. Noted was Chicago’s attention to him. This will likely be a regular occurrence, but one that doesn’t seem to phase him. For every hit Chicago dished out, Seider not only stood up to it, but often had an opponent bouncing off of his frame
  4. Sebastian Cossa patrolled the crease in the third and was solid after a jittery start. He recovered after nearly turning the puck over in the opening minute and kept Chicago at bay following some heavy pressure
  5. Tyler Bertuzzi’s return was pushed back for at least another game. Bertuzzi has yet to lace his skates up in the preseason but “is very close” according to Lalonde. Monday might be the day
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