Red Wings Rookies Continue to Shine Against Columbus

I gotta say, the Red Wings just keep impressing me.

Sure, the bar is pretty low for the standards of "success" for this team, but they genuinely have looked great these first few games.

The Red Wings just beat the neighborly rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1 in a game they controlled all 60 minutes.

Thanks in no small part, to the young guns: Lucas Raymond and Mortiz Seider.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 07: Lucas Raymond #23 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena on October 07, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images North America

Before I start putting this kid up on a pedestal, the Wings have certainly seen vast improvement from their veterans on the team.

But, It's hard to diminish what Lucas Raymond has done in just a few games. Especially since this team has had nothing to cheer for the past couple of years.

The game was scoreless going into the third thanks to Jonas Korpisalo playing out of his mind for the Blue Jackets. Detroit was doing everything right on offense: they got pucks on net, set up quality chances, drew penalties, and outshot Columbus 18-5 after two periods.

The drought wasn't over until the 19 yr. old out of Gothenburg, Sweden sniped a shot over Korpisalo's glove for his first career goal and gave the Red Wings total control in the game

Captain Dylan Larkin returned tonight after serving his 1 game suspension and connected with Tyler Bertuzzi to extend the lead to 2-0, and finished strong defensively for a 4-1 win.

Obviously the big story here is Raymond's first (of many) career goal. It's a historic night for Hockeytown, and that hasn't been the case in a very long time.

Raymond and Seider have made their presence felt immediately here in Detroit. Raymond pumped up the crowd with a flash of showmanship after his goal, and Seider played with a chip on his shoulder in a solid performance from Detroit's blue line.

Raymond and Seider both have 3 points in the first 3 games of the season, and it's only just the beginning of what's to come from them this season.

While it may be too early to claim the Red Wings as a good team, it's hard to argue that they aren't fun to watch.

The Wings are now 2-0-1, and will face off against Calgary on Thursday night.

If you're looking for numbers to keep your eyes on, 23 and 53 are great choices.

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