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Red Wings Notebook: Edvinsson More Alarmed by Penalties Than Impressed by Goal

Lalonde continues to be impressed by Edvinsson



Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde
Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde likes the accountability of rookie D Simon Edvinsson.

First NHL goals are generally cause for an overabundance of excitement. Perhaps it speaks volumes to the character of Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Simon Edvinsson that his initial NHL tally wasn’t foremost on his mind following their 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

“For myself I took two penalties so I need to step up there,” Edvinsson said. “I will be happy for the goal tomorrow, but we lose today.”

Edvinsson was assessed holding and cross-checking minors during the game but neither resulted in St. Louis power-play goals.

Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde wasn’t nearly concerned by the infractions incurred by his first-year defender.

“Part of the development of it,” Lalonde said of the penalties. “Loved he got on the sheet. He made some plays offensively,.

“Still I think his game is good in that he was avoiding some big mistakes. Loved some of his plays in transition, quick up, see the ice like that. I think another positive step for him.”

Husso Out For Weekend

Although officially listed as day-to-day, it doesn’t appear that Ville Husso will be appearing in the Red Wings net for the immediate future.

“I would not expect him this weekend,” Lalonde said. “He’s going through some evaluations. It’s something that’s been nagging him for a while.”

In the meantime, Magnus Hellberg and Alex Nedeljkovic, both impending unresticted free agents, will both be given the chance to prove their worth between the pipes.

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“They’ll both get the net,” Lalonde said. “They’ll both get opportunity. I want them to work hard. This is a great opportunity for both of them.

“If someone can run with it, they’re going to get it. It’s sitting right there. It’s a hug opportunity for both guys.”

Ice Chips

Even with Thursday’s loss to St. Louis, Detroit is still 5-2 at home against Central Division clubs this season . . . Detroit forwards Dominik Kubalik (0-2-2) and Filip Zadina (1-1-2) each have two-game point streaks . . . Red Wings forward David Perron (0-3-3) is riding a three-game point streak . . . Detroit winger Lucas Raymond has five assists over the past six games.