Bally Sports Detroit’s Ken Daniels informed us that the Red Wings have the hardest “strength of schedule” in terms of their opponents among NHL teams, and this morning, The Athletic’s Dom Luszczyszyn and Sean Gentille are here to remind us that the Swedish Ice Hockey Association did not include Lucas Raymond on their 55-man master roster for the 2022 Olympics:
20. Detroit Red Wings
Last Week: 19
Dom rank: 20
Sean rank: 19
Dom: Lucas Raymond had two assists in a 6-2 loss against the Blues, a nice reminder of how great he’s been in his rookie season and a sad reminder that he will not be an Olympian for Sweden. The long lists? I don’t like them!
Sean: Oh readers, I wish you could’ve seen Dom’s face when I told him that all signs point to Raymond staying home during the tournament. In the Red Wings’ next seven games, they play the Avs twice, the Rangers, the Hurricanes and the Wild. We’ll know everything we need to know about them after that.
Continued; we’ll see what happens.