Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted a pre-game Red Wings notebook in which he notes that Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond has been particularly productive away from Little Caesars Arena:
Every day, the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL are learning something new about first-year forward Lucas Raymond. Here’s another nugget to file away – the kid is a road warrior. Of his NHL rookie-leading 24 points, Raymond, 19, has gathered exactly two-thirds of that total – 16 points – while the Red Wings are skating away from home.
“I haven’t thought of it that way,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I judge his game more than I judge his points, so I wouldn’t say that’s how I judge it necessarily.”
Strill, it’s difficult not to be impressed by how well Raymond is performing when the Wings are away for home. He’s definitely taking his show on the road. In 14 home games at Little Caesars Arena, Raymond is accounting for five goals and 3 assists. However, during 14 away contests, he’s compiling 5-11-16 numbers.
Clearly, playing in some tough rinks such as Boston’s TD Garden and Washington’s Capital One Arena aren’t proving to be intimidatng to the Swedish teenager. His teammates think that Raymond’s approach to hockey and to life in general, are probably playing a role in his success any he’s playing.