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Hockey Debuts Tonight At The Little Caesars Arena

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

"When I look out into this rink, it feels like it is going to be a wall of people,” Blashill said, after one of two split-squad practices Friday.

“I just think the energy of being in this place alone already helps our team. It’s really energized our guys.
“I think it’ll give us a home-ice advantage, right away.”

Given the Wings’ tradition and the fan’s loyalty, passed from generation to generation, a good number of folks who have held season tickets since Olympia will file through the entrances Saturday.

“I’ve had tickets since 1972, so I’ve gone through Olympia and I’ve gone through Joe Louis Arena,” said John Firu of Dearborn Heights, as he anticipated attending the game Saturday. “There’s an old saying, first impressions are lasting.

“Well, when we went on a tour about two weeks ago, and I was extremely impressed.

“When I expressed it, one of the words I said was, ‘Wow!’ ”

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Tonight's game with puck drop at 7:00pm ET is on FoxSports Detroit Plus and the NHL Network.  

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Starting at 6pm, FoxSports Detroit Plus is on the air from the LCA. so you may want to turn in early to get the feel of the new rink.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/23/17 at 07:27 AM ET

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So all the Stanley cup banners hang in the practice rink? What about retired jerseys? That better change, because that was one of the best parts of the Joe, looking up and seeing the History

Hang the Pistons up too

Posted by kwood15 on 09/23/17 at 08:48 AM ET

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Those are the old banners in the practice rink. They’ve got new retractable banners in the new arena.

Posted by Vasha on 09/23/17 at 10:29 AM ET

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Enjoy, those who are going to the game!  Lucky bastards!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/23/17 at 01:02 PM ET

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