Kings look to continue run of success vs. Red Wings

Kings look to continue run of success vs. Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to bounce back when they open a four-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Kings on Saturday night.The Red Wings, who are 3-1-1 in their past five matches but lost 8-2 on Thursday, will be taking a new offensive piece with them to the West Coast — Jonatan Berggren.The rookie made his NHL debut in Detroit a good one on Thursday, setting up his former American Hockey League teammate Joe Veleno late in the first period to tie the home match with the New York Rangers at 1-1.Berggren, a second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2018 draft, received a feed on a break from former Grand Rapids Griffins linemate Veleno along the right half-boards. The Uppsala, Sweden, native then returned the pass to Veleno, trailing in the high slot, for his second goal of the season at 18:46.It was a give-and-go that Veleno knew was coming.”It doesn’t really surprise me,” Veleno said of the primary assist from Berggren. “I had the opportunity to play with him a bit in (Grand Rapids) last year when I got sent back down. I just know that he’s got incredible vision. He has dynamic ability and creativity. I built a little bit of chemistry with him last year.”Skating on a line that also featured Austin Czarnik, Berggren logged 14:18 of ice time on 15 shifts. The 22-year-old right winger had three hits, a blocked shot and was plus-1.Lucas Raymond hit the net for the sixth time in the past seven games for Detroit, but the Rangers tallied four times over 2:57 in the third — six goals overall in the period — to turn a 2-2 tie into an eventual 8-2 rout.”This game proves if we’re not exact, not at the top of our game, we’re just not good enough,” said coach Derek Lalonde, whose club’s eight goals allowed matched its season high set in Buffalo on Oct. 31.

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