Lucas Raymond likely would be the NHL's Rookie of the Year if the voting were conducted this week. His closest competitor might be his Detroit Red Wings teammate.
Defenseman Moritz Seider scored his second overtime goal on Saturday to extend Detroit's winning streak to five games. The Red Wings will host Nashville on Tuesday.
Seider is the first Red Wings defenseman to record multiple overtime goals in his rookie season. His 17 points rank among the league's top five for this year's rookie class.
"He's a really talented player," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Poise, swagger, those things are important on any kind of player that aspires to be an elite player. You have to have swagger and he's got it. I also think part of the reason he has a belief in himself is he's got a really good skill set. He's been a big piece of the infusion of the talent here and that's been a big reason we've been able to find ways to win games."
Seider was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 20-year-old from Germany earned a roster spot during training camp and has quickly emerged as the team's top defenseman. The 6-foot-4 Seider is imposing on defense and has been more dangerous offensively than expected at this stage.
He ripped a perfectly placed shot from the left circle to give his team a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.
"One of the things we would have said he needed to get better at the past couple of years would be his one-timer," Blashill said. "He shoots a pretty good wrist shot, but we felt the one-timer is something that definitely needs to get better. He's worked at it. That's what the really good players do, they work and get rewarded."
Raymond, the team's top draft pick last season, has paid quick dividends. He leads all first-year players with 10 goals and 22 points. He's recorded a point in seven of the last 10 games.
Nashville has been on a win-one, lose-one rollercoaster over the past seven games. The Predators also had a 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday, defeating Montreal at home. They're now beginning a four-game road trip, with the other three games against the New York and New Jersey teams.
Filip Forsberg scored their overtime winner, his 11th goal this season.
Luke Kunin tied the game midway through the third period with his fourth goal.
"This is the game we have to get back to, and we've got to have some perseverance and ultra-competitiveness," coach John Hynes said. "We went out and had to come from behind again, but I felt we played pretty well in the third period, and it's nice to see us be able to get the win from it. So, lots of lessons out of this game."
Kunin's goal came on his 24th birthday. The Predators were shut out by Boston 2-0 on Thursday.
"We talked a lot about our game against Boston, and I think we did a lot of good things," Kunin said. "It didn't show on the scoreboard, but as far as our game was concerned, that was how we wanted to play, and we just wanted to carry some of that stuff into (Saturday)... I'm sure it's the best game I've had on my birthday. To get the win just really capped it off."
--Field Level Media