It was 40 years ago this fall that two Detroit Red Wings rookie forwards were about to launch 20-goal seasons for the club. One of the was Steve Yzerman, who’d end up leading the club with 39 goals and 87 points. The other was a fellow who was sharing an apartment with Yzerman that season – Lane Lambert.
— The Hockey Samurai 侍 (@hockey_samurai) November 27, 2021
Now, four decades later, Lambert finds himself heading into a sophomore campaign as an NHL head coach with the New York Islanders. After making a first-round playoff exit last season, Lambert’s intention is to take a more hands on approach with the Islanders, expecially in the area of special teams. The Islanders were third from the bottom with the man advantage among NHL teams during the 2022-23 campaign.
“I’ll do a little bit more overseeing both areas of special teams,” Lambert told Andrew Fantucchio of NYIHockey Now.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- After recovering from shoulder surgery, Red Wings prospect Cross Hanas was rolling during the NHL rookie tournament
- These were the winners (Elmer Soderblom) and losers (Sebastian Cossa) from the Detroit roster at the NHL rookie tourney
- Alex Ovechkin isn’t showing much conern regarding criticism directed his way by former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek
- Could Marco Kasper cook up a method of making the Detroit roster out of training camp?
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit is opening training camp on Wednesday in Traverse City. The annual Red and White game is slated for Sunday.
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