Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said Simon Edvinsson was the team’s “best D” in his team’s 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.
“He created some plays, he gapped, was hard,” Lalonde said. “Loved the play where we almost got the (tying goal). Him creating a play on the back door there. Some positive growth over his last game.”
That was the good news.
The bad news: Edvinsson was injured in the game. He left the game early in the third period with a lower body injury and then came back and finished the game. But he reported after the game that he was still bothered by the issue.
“I don’t know. He’s gonna get it looked at now,” Lalonde said. “I give him credit for coming back. He’s got some discomfort there. He’s back with the doctors and they’re doing a picture of it now. ”
The Red Wings play a road game against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday. Edvinsson is up from the Grand Rapids Griffins as an emergency replacement for defenseman Gustav Lindstrom. If Edvinsson isn’t healthy enough to play, the Red Wings have decisions to make.
“Lindy’s pretty close,” Lalonde said. “Probably not 100 percent. We may have to plug him in tomorrow. If not, it’ll just be whatever’s available down in (Grand Rapids) to fill that spot.”
Once Lindstrom returns to the lineup, Edvinsson has to be returned to the Griffins. That’s the rule for an emergency call-up.
But even after two games, Detroit fans saw that the 6-foot-6 Edvinsson has the potential to be a top pairing defenseman.
Edvinsson’s parents and brother were able to get to Detroit to see him play live Monday. They watched their son’s first NHL game on television from Sweden because there wasn’t enough time to travel to Michigan.