An interesting tidbit about the Steve Yzerman first-round draft picks who’ve made their NHL debuts for the Detroit Red Wings. Come Saturday, when defenseman Simon Edvinsson is taking his NHL bow against the Colorado Avalanche, all three of them will have played their first game in the league on home ice facing the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Last season, defenseman Moritz Seider and forward Lucas Raymond both played their first NHL game in Detroit’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seider remembers it well.
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“Oh of course,” Seider said. “It was really special for me. I hope (Edvinsson) will have a great one, too. And then it’s up to us to get two points and make that a special one for sure.”
Seider and the Red Wings were 7-6 losers in overtime to the Lightning in his NHL debut.
“It was a great game, a lot of emotions,” Seider recalled. “And it was really cool having Ray by my side there. It was a really special game. A tough outcome for us but I think it was a really cool start into an NHL career.”
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Defenseman Simon Edvinsson will be making his NHL debut for Detroit on Saturday at home against Colorado
- Since his trade from the Red Wings to St. Louis, forward Jakub Vrana has been lighting red lamps for the Blues
- Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur of the reigning NCAA champion Denver Poneers is up for several NCHC honors
- Defenseman Ben Chiarot is out of the Detroit lineup and listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit is playing host to Colorado at Little Caesars Arena (1 p.m. ET). The Avalanche have won nine in a row from the Red Wings overall and four in a row at Detroit.
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Florida: Coach Paul Maurice was describing the 9-5 victory by the Florida Panthers over Montreal as a Twilight Zone game.
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Los Angeles: Defenseman Drew Doughty is singing the praises of the fourth line for the Los Angeles Kings.