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Let’s See, Black Pucks, Black Seats

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In an effort to make attendance woes less visible, the year-old arena has black covers on the red seat backs in the lower bowl. A months-long installation of new black seats will begin in December.

Thursday was the first time, the Detroit Red Wings skated on the main ice sheet since the renovations. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier wondered if it might affect seeing pucks being dumped in from the other end of the ice.

Red seats may be better for puck visibility, but they are also glaring when there are empty seats. Both the Wings and Detroit Pistons have had issues filling the arena, although both teams maintain some of the seats are empty because fans are enjoying the wide variety of clubs and bars in the arena.  

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In game related news, Detroit's projected lineup is below.

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In the twilight of his career, Niklas Kronwall simplified his game.

The adjustment came as he sought a way to offset the damage his body has incurred from years of being a fierce competitor for the Detroit Red Wings.

“It was probably two years ago when it really hit me, it was really frustrating,” Kronwall said Thursday. “You want to play a certain way, you’ve played a certain way throughout your career, and then it doesn’t work out as much. You make more mistakes than you ever have. So it was a little frustrating coming to grips with that reality.

“But in saying that, you have to find new ways. Last year felt better and I am hoping to build off that.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 02:11 PM ET

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Goaltenders around the NHL are beginning to comment about the implementation of fitted chest protectors.

The pads are smaller and thinner, and on some occasions, pucks are leaving bruises on goaltenders.

It is thought the smaller equipment is contributing to higher scoring in the NHL. Going into Thursday’s games, 10 teams were averaging four or more goals per game. Last season the league leader, Tampa Bay, averaged 3.54 goals.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier said he and Jimmy Howard have had a few bruises this season.

“I’ve had a few bruises, but nothing we can really do about it,” Bernier said. “That’s the new rule. Goalies are too good now.”

It only took Bernier about two days to get used to the new equipment, which he feels is thinner and lighter.

“The whole thing is smaller, definitely,” Bernier said. “Shoulder and arms, not sure about the belly, but it looks like that.”

more including a look at Kronwall…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 02:26 PM ET

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Seat problem solved.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 02:34 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 02:34 PM ET

It’s just what I needed today. Thanks so much, PK!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/11/18 at 02:54 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Great video Paul. It sounds like one solution would be to have a Seinfeld show at LCA. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 10/11/18 at 03:39 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I honestly can’t believe they are replacing seats barely a year into the stadium opening.  Here’s a thought..drop the ticket price $10-15 and realize you will make up the difference with $25 parking and $10 labatts and $5 dogs. Get em in the door and then shake em down. I support what the Illitches have done and are doing, but this just doesn’t sit well with me.  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/18 at 05:49 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

$25 parking and $10 labatts and $5 dogs

This is still a problem - too much.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/11/18 at 07:13 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

$25 parking?!?! If only we could be so lucky. Try $40 dollars. But dont worry, they ‘ll make up the price of replacing the seats with increased ticket prices. Which doesnt count the already ridiculous 30% fees ticketmaster charges per ticket for a game.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/11/18 at 08:39 PM ET

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$25 parking?!?! If only we could be so lucky. Try $40 dollars. But dont worry, they ‘ll make up the price of replacing the seats with increased ticket prices. Which doesnt count the already ridiculous 30% fees ticketmaster charges per ticket for a game.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/11/18 at 08:39 PM ET

I’m done feeling bad for people paying stadium parking prices and buying tickets on ticketmaster. There are tons of lots where you can pay $10-15 and walk a couple blocks and there’s still the Fishbones/Hardrock/Greektown/etc free parking and shuttle options. I park at a lot at campus martius for $10 and ride the Qline to the arena for $1.50. After the game you can either ride the qline back, take a $10 uber/cab, or walk. Go to any other arena in any other major city and tell me what parking costs, it’s your fault for paying market prices for your convenience.

And who buys tickets on ticketmaster? it’s 2018. Learn how to use StubHub and SeatGeek and pay 1/4 face. You can get in to the next game against Carolina for $25 after fees.

Last nights reported attendance? 19,515. The tickets are sold, they’re not lowering the prices. Figure it out or quit complaining.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/12/18 at 07:08 AM ET

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