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The Daily: You’ll Never Guess The Last Red Wings Coach To Lose His Debut

The last four Red Wings coaches all were earning victories in their debuts



Derek Lalonde, Red Wings coach
The Red Wings blanked Montreal in Derek Lalonde's NHL head coaching debut.

Derek Lalonde was continuing a 20-year trend of success for newly-hired Detroit Red Wings coaches when he guided the team to victory in his debut behind the Detroit bench. Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens was making Lalonde the fourth successive Red Wings coach to open his ledger with the team on a successful note.

Even the much-maligned Jeff Blashill would be turning in a successful debut and like Lalonde, he did so via shutout. Blashill guided the Red Wings to a 4-0 victory over Toronto in 2015.

Mike Babcock began his Detroit days by whipping the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in 2005. And Dave Lewis was guiding the Red Wings to a 6-3 win at San Jose in 2002.

The last Detroit coach to fail to win his debut was Scotty Bowman. The Hall of Famer and nine-time Stanley Cup-winning coach’s first game behind the Red Wings bench was a 6-4 loss at Dallas in 1993.

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Pittsburgh: Why his linemates are taking a lot of the draws when Sidney Crosby is on the ice. Pittsburgh Penguins

Boston: The Bruins were showing off a surprise participant in practice on the weekend – injured forward Brad Marchand. Boston Bruins

Montreal: It’s time the Canadiens were giving more ice time to #1 overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky. Montreal Canadiens

Calgary: Backup goalie Dan Vladar was a surprise starter for the Flames in Saturday’s Battle of Alberta against the Edmonton Oilers. Calgary Flames

Philadelphia: It’s a good time to be a Philadelphia fan. The Flyers, Eagles and Phillies are all winning. Philadelphia Flyers

Washington: Signing free-agent forward Sonny Milano, the Capitals were assigning him to the AHL Hershey Bears. Washington Capitals

Florida: Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov are steady old hands in Florida. Florida Panthers

Islanders: Looking to make his mark with the Islanders, forward Oliver Wahlstrom scored a goal in his season debut on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. New York Islanders

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Colorado: An NHL investigation found no evidence of allegations of misconduct leveled against former Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Colorado Avalanche

Dallas: Once a teenager in the NHL himself, Tyler Seguin is mentoring youg Dallas teammate Wyatt Johnston. Dallas Stars

Vegas: Seattle Kraken goalie Martin Jones was pulled for the ninth time in 13 career games against the Golden Knights. Vegas Golden Knights

San Jose: For only the third time in franchise history, the Sharks are off to an 0-4 start. San Jose Sharks