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The Daily: Red Wings’ Improved D Starts With Lyon; Bergeron Not Returning



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Red Wings goalie Alex Lyon’s popularity in Detroit may not yet rival the Detroit Lions’ approval rating, but it seems to rise daily.

Bob Duff’s story about the Detroit Red Wings‘ 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers spells out how significant his contributions have been to the seven-game points streak. Injured Ville Husso will find a different goalie hierarchy when he returns from injury. If Lyon continues to play this impressively, they aren’t going to reduce his playing time.

Since Lyon took over the net, the Detroit squad has climbed back into the playoff race to the point that they are now in third place in the Atlantic Division. Lyon has played 15 times this season and held opponents to three or less goals in 13 (86.6%) of those appearances.

His level of consistency has given the Red Wings a chance to earn a point in the vast majority of his starts. The Red Wings have given up five or more goals 10 times this season, but Lyon hasn’t given up five goals once this season.

According, Lyon is now in the NHL’s top 15 goals in the category of Goals Saved Above the Average (GSAA) with a +9.23. He’s in the neighborhood of Linus Ullmark (9.63) and Ilya Sorokin (10.4). That’s good company.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • The Red Wings rally to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Dylan Larkin‘s OT tally.  They move into third place in the Atlantic Division.
  • Detroit players buying into the Coach Derek Lalonde’s defensive strategy. That’s the key to the Red Wings recent success.
  • Patrick Kane (lower body injury) isn’t playing on this road trip
  •  Alex Lyon is a Vikings fan who can relate to what Detroit Lions fans have endured through the years.

Red Wings Next Game

Coach Derek Lalonde’s Red Wings (23-16-5) take a seven-game points streak into Friday’s road game against the Carolina Hurricanes (24-14-5). Detroit is also attempting to win its sixth consecutive road game.  Detroit is now in third place in the Atlantic, while the Hurricanes are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy column: Anything is possible, but he doesn’t believe Patrice Bergeron is coming back. Boston Bruins. 

Colorado: Why the Colorado Avalanche should be thrilled about the development of Calum Ritchie

Nashville: Former Nashville Predators player Cody Hodgson signed a player tryout offer (PTO) with the Milwaukee Admirals.

New Jersey: Coach Lindy Ruff turns the table on reporter on the question of Alexander Holtz’s decreasing ice time. New Jersey Devils.

Pittsburgh: Dave Molinari weighs in on what it will take to get the Pittsburgh Penguins into the playoffs.