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Morning Skate Tweets

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Howard in starter’s net. #MapleLeafs tonight at ⁦@LCArena_Detroit⁩.

Abdelkader not skating this morning.

I will update as needed.

Below, the temporary seat covers are in place.

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Leave the seats as is with the covers. In 2-3 years (hopefully) the red wings will have a product worth paying for again and I really couldn’t care less if the place looks empty when the pistons are playing. Yanking out 14k or 16k seats to change the color for 1/3 of the events at the arena is ridiculous.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/11/18 at 11:04 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

what a waste of time n money

(saw in the tweet comments that goalies will be challenged now at tracking the puck ? )

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/11/18 at 11:09 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Paul Hendrick tweet,

Leaf lines in Detroit:



Andersen starts

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 11:37 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Excellent point Stoney. Kinda like a baseball batter into a white background.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 10/11/18 at 11:43 AM ET

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Wakiji tweet,

Abdelkader did not skate this morning but is expected to play. Frk said he was just subbing for him during the skate.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/18 at 11:46 AM ET

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saw in the tweet comments that goalies will be challenged now at tracking the puck ?

Bring back the glow puck! 

Wait, it only glowed on tv.  Reminds me of when I was a kid and I played ball hockey with the neighbors; I had a glow-in-the-dark ball.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/11/18 at 12:47 PM ET

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I couldn’t think of a more representative move for the folly of the current ownership & management of the team.  Never mind taking care of the real reasons people aren’t coming to games (prices, team performance)—let’s pay a bunch of money to black out the seats so nobody notices the arena’s empty.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 10/11/18 at 01:08 PM ET


Miami Heat made the same mistake with seats ~20 years ago. Rich people and corporations paying for the floor seats couldn’t be bothered to show up on time or at all.

Posted by mtta on 10/11/18 at 01:45 PM ET

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I don’t think black seats will affect the goalies at all.  think about what they currently track against, which is a dapple of colors with no discernible pattern, which could hide a puck just as well. 

Not that that counters the real reason they are changing the seats out.

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/11/18 at 02:37 PM ET

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

The seats are in mourning for the fans that are gone…...... smile

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/11/18 at 02:59 PM ET

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For anyone complaining about the product and pricing,

1) The team can’t change overnight, and I think the wings are making an effort FINALLY to be better for a sustained period vs. short term fixes for a season, which I am 199% in favor of, and thought most were.

2) In regard to pricing and the investment in the seat covers, and the seating itself, sometimes I wonder how people pass through life without simple understanding of the American Economy, or a free (to some extent) market economy.  Price is a function of supply and demand. 

Word around the campfire is that 60% of that arena is sold on long term corporate packages, and another slug on individual season holders. They often report that arena selling out despite people not being in their seats.  Why would they reduce the pricing and de-value that revenue stream for the more beer and popcorn sales you would get with more capacity? This is after all a business.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/11/18 at 04:12 PM ET

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If I were a player I would be bothered more by the flashing lights, or just the color change on that rim wrap which lights up or dims out the arena.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/11/18 at 04:35 PM ET

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