If you like an underdog story, the goalie Alex Lyon rise is for you. He is receiving his third start in the past four games for the Detroit Red Wings. It feels as if coach Derek Lalonde is giving him his shot to be more than a No. 3 goalie.
Lyon is 30 and will be making his 42nd appearance in an NHL game. He played 11 games in 2017-18 for the Philadelphia Flyers, and then two in 2018-19, followed by three in 2019-20 and six in 2020-21. In 2021-22, he played two games for the Carolina Hurricanes. Then, last season he played 15 for the Florida Panthers to help them get into the playoffs. He was 9-4-2 for the Panthers with a .914 save percentage.
This may be Lyon’s best shot to play a significant role for an NHL team. If he can play as confidently as he has in his first two outings, who knows how many games he could get with the Red Wings. What the Red Wings want is consistency from their goalies. Maybe he can do that.
Meanwhile, former Detroit Hockey Now writer Nate Brown, now editor of Chicago Hockey Now, is writing about the curious case of Corey Perry. He has left the team for what the Chicago Blackhawks termed as the “foreseeable future.” No explanation has been given. Even teammates don’t seem to know what has happened. Perry did issue a statement yesterday offering that this is a private matter.
Statement from Pat Morris of Newport, who represents Corey Perry: pic.twitter.com/AnlCmKglaT
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 25, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Jake Walman is day to day and Dylan Larkin got a day off from practice to nurse his wounds. Larkin ouwill play Sunday.
- Detroit prospect Axel Sandin Pellikka is tracking down a Swedish Hockey League record.
- Behind the paywall: Alex DeBrincat is key to Detroit’s improved offensive play this season
Red Wings Next Game
Defenseman Jake Walman (upper body) won’t play today when the Red Wings play the Minnesota Wild at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings are coming off two impressive wins against the New Jersey Devils (4-0) and the Boston Bruins (5-2). The Wild are 2-6-2 in their last 10.
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Boston: What’s up with Boston Bruins? They lost to the New York Rangers after they lost to the Red Wings. Jimmy Murphy digs into ‘why’ of the Bruins messy defensive play.
Montreal: Marc Dumont writes that the Los Angeles Kings embarrassed the Montreal Canadiens in a shutout win.
New York Islanders: GM Lou Lamoriello claimed defenseman Mike Reilly off waivers from the Florida Panthers. New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh: The Penguins have gone seven games (0-for-18) without a power play goal and more changes are coming. Pittsburgh Penguins.
San Jose: Mikael Granlund scored a memorable goal to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the Vancouver Canucks. Check out the goal in Nikita Sokolov’s story.
Vegas: Chris Gawlik says “no thanks” to rumors the Vegas Golden Knights are interested in Patrick Kane. He points out the Golden Knights don’t have the cap space necessary to make a competitive offer.