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Red Wings Notebook: Lyon Comes Through Again



Alex Lyon, Red Wings
Alex Lyon turned in a 16-save shutout for the Red Wings against New Jersey.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, perhaps it was only appropriate that the fellow who’d help restore the roar to the Detroit Red Wings would be a Lyon.

Coming home from two heartbreaking losses during the NHL Global Series in Sweden, 3-5-3 over their past 11 games, the Red Wings were seeking out someone who’d give them healing powers. That guy, it turns out, is goalie Alex Lyon.

Making 16 saves, Lyon, the No. 3 goalie on the Detroit depth chart, was blanking the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena. He’s the first netminder to blank the Devils in 101 games. In six periods for the club, Lyon has kept a clean sheet in five of them.

“I think what Alex has given us the last two games is just really solid goaltending,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “There’s a couple of times we had some D-zone time and he would eat a puck. No rebound, faceoff. And then we’d kind of get a little rhythm back into our game.”

Raymond Carrying Hot Hand

Scoring for a career-high fourth successive game, Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond became the fourth Detroit player 21 years of age or younger to post a goal-scoring streak of that length over the past 40 years.

Raymond is joining Dylan Larkin, Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman in this select group. Raymond has 12 points (7-5-12) in his last 13 games dating back to Oct. 22 against Calgary.

Working Fast

Raymond, captain Larkin and Robby Fabbri scored 1:12 apart during the first period. It marks the fastest three goals Detroit has scored in nearly 14 years. became the fourth different Red Wings player.

Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Kopecky and Brett Lebda scored 46 seconds apart on March 14, 2009 at St. Louis.

Four x 100 Red Wings

Playing 100 NHL games isnt’a huge milestone in the grand scheme of things. However, having three players skating in their 100th game as Red Wings on the same night is somewhat unusual.

Forwards Andrew Copp and David Perron and defenseman Jake Walman were all suiting up for their 100th games wearing the winged wheel on Wednesday. For Perron, Detroit is his third 100-game club, joining St. Louis (673) and Edmonton (116).

Speaking of 100, Wednesday’s victory was the 100th NHL regular-season win recorded by the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

History Lesson

Wednesday was a memorable day in Red Wings franchise history. On Nov. 22, 1927, Detroit’s NHL franchise – still known at the time as the Cougars – was playing the Ottawa Senators in the first NHL game at Olympia Stadium.

The debut in the old Red Barn didn’t go well. Detroit lost 2-1. Johnny Sheppard would tally the only goal for the home side.