Coach Derek Lalonde's Game Plan: Preparing for a Showdown
As the new season starts soon, the Detroit Red Wings are closely watched by Coach Derek Lalonde. Going into his second year as the head coach, Lalonde is both excited and focused, especially with the upcoming game against the New Jersey Devils. Recently he spoke to the press about the upcoming season.
The Magic of the Opening Match
Opening matches in the NHL have their own kind of allure, and Coach Lalonde resonates with this sentiment deeply.
“There is something special about that opening game of the year,” Lalonde began. Praising the opponents, he continued, “I love the fact that we are playing a team that top to bottom is a legit Stanley Cup contender, maybe the best team towards the second half of the season. … I just think a really good test for us to start.”
Chemistry on Ice: Larkin and DeBrincat
One of the critical elements in Coach Lalonde's game plan lies in optimizing the chemistry between the Red Wings' dynamic duo: Dylan Larkin and Alex DeBrincat.
Speaking about Larkin and Alex DeBrincat's chemistry on the ice, Lalonde said, ”
“I still think it's growing. It's definitely not a finished product. You can see, even in their exhibition, a lot of positives. Obviously, they're both dynamic players, but probably a little too much time in their own zone, which is self-inflicted too. … I think they have a feel of wanting to be together. I think they're getting some chemistry. Obviously, they spend some time on the power play together. It kind of runs in sync with their lines.”
The coach sees great potential in this pairing and is excited to make it work, emphasizing, “So, I'm not married to it, but we want it to work because we think it's two extremely special players that we think can work.”
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Coach Derek Lalonde is eagerly anticipating the Red Wings' season opener against the strong New Jersey Devils.
- The developing chemistry between Larkin and DeBrincat is a focal point in Lalonde's strategy.
- Despite the challenges, Lalonde remains confident in his team's potential to shine.
It's evident that Coach Lalonde is focused on laying a strong foundation early in the season, leveraging the strengths of his star players, and strategizing for the challenges ahead. The New Jersey Devils may be a fierce opponent, but with Coach Derek Lalonde's game plan, the Red Wings are poised for an exhilarating face-off.