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Video- Recapping The First Night Of Hockey At The LCA

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

They filed in under two-and-three story tall murals of Steve Yzerman lifting the Stanley Cup — June 7, 1997 — Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg in action, and Joe Louis in his boxing stance.

Their eyes went up and around, surveying the new place, Little Caesars Arena.

“Wow, there’s so much to see,” said Jim Ackerman of Olivet, who attended Red Wings games in Olympia and Joe Louis Arena. “It’s unbelievable!

“This is way better. This will do Detroit so much good. It will be the rebirth of everything, just how it looks.”


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This wasn't your ordinary preseason game. It was the start of a new era for the Detroit Red Wings.

It was their historic debut at Little Caesars Arena and the Red Wings wanted to make a good first impression. That's why they dressed virtually all of their healthy regulars.

And while the 20,000-seat, $863 million building was a little more than half-full, fans went home happy.


Watch extended game highlights below...


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from the Boston side by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins center Austin Czarnik scored the first goal in Little Caesars Arena history Saturday night, but that was the start and the finish to all good things here for the Black and Gold on opening night of the Red Wings dazzling new downtown arena.

Led by ex-Islander Frans Nielsen (2-1—3) and Martin Frk (2-1—3), the Winged Wheels rallied from a 1-0 deficit and pinned a 5-1 loss on the Bruins, whose exhibition season record fell to 3-1-0.

“I just thought they were better than us,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “They had more jump on the pucks. In previous games, we created our share of turnovers and got on pucks. Tonight we just didn’t seem to have that same jump, for whatever reason.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/17 at 08:51 AM ET

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If the makeup of the teams is the rallying point for the Chicago game, then the same could be said for this

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 08:53 AM ET

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Added the Wings highlight package to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/17 at 09:06 AM ET

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Ill give them this much, they were pretty much an A squad going up against Boston’s cobbled together B squad, and they did exactly what they should have done: beat the pants off of them. The only downside is the D was still useless for getting the puck away from opposing forwards.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/24/17 at 10:32 AM ET


“For sure I’m happy for that, but it’s not just about scoring,” Frk said. “It’s about what you do on the other side of the ice, too. I got to be a good player overall on the full ice, not just in the offensive zone. It’s a plus for me, but we will see how the next game go when I play.” Said Frk

The mantra of the team.

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 09/24/17 at 07:59 AM ET

We draft offensive, one dimensional players like Sproul, Pulkinnen, Frk, etc…then we brainwash them with talk about 200-foot game and the process…and then if we actually see some offense despite the brainwashing…these kids are terrified to feel positive about the offense. Panic. Panic. Better say something about goals aren’t everything. Blocking shots and chipping the puck out of the zone is also very very very very very important. Make sure you add that to your article. I don’t want Kenny and Blashill thinking I’m a selfish cancer focusing on goals, like AA is.

Posted by fatsavage on 09/24/17 at 10:40 AM ET


  Posted by fatsavage on 09/24/17 at 10:40 AM ET

Oh give me a break, brainwash them? Seriously??? Take the tin foil off.


Why shouldn’t they also focus on the defensive side? If you think a coach or gm is telling players “hey, I want you focusing on D…can’t have you scoring goals out there” you’re crazy. Do they over emphasize on D? Maybe, but look at your defensive corp, you’re gonna want your forwards helping the D.

Nothing wrong with those statements from Frk. Shìt, if I’m a player trying break into the NHL, I’m going to work on my game for all sides of the puck. I highly highly doubt players on being punished by the brass for not bringing up their defensive play during interviews.

Posted by benzanato on 09/24/17 at 04:08 PM ET


Take a look at Kadri.  Top 10 pick, couldn’t really get it done for a few years… why?  A few reasons but a big one was coach didn’t trust him enough.  Last year, he focussed on his 200ft game so to speak and he became the teams best shutdown forward, and guess what, he also had his best offensive season.  Sure, having Mathews take the teams best defenders probably helped, but the point is, he figured it out and he blossomed because of it, because his coach would use him more.  Plus causing turn overs and playing good defense, hard play, generates offense as well. 
Nothing wrong with Frk’s thinking.  It’s actually great to hear, and to see him hustle his butt off last night, compared to turn over Pulky.  Maybe he has a shot, if the deck wasn’t stacked against him though… As much as it’s nice to have a “punishing” 4th line, which we haven’t, a 4th line of Nosek/Sheahan/Frk would have been interesting.  Or something of the like… a 4th line that can skate and put up offense…. would be an interesting track to take.  Especially when you’re third line is already a good shutdown group with Nielsen and Helm and whomever.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 09/24/17 at 04:24 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 05:04 PM ET

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Woops. It was a meme of a guy in a tin foil hat with:

“The Red Wings make me play defense…to decrease my value!”

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 05:06 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 05:06 PM ET


Watched the highlights. Liked a lot of things. Also thought Ericsson was awful at least in a couple of those clips. As to Frk saying he needs to play both ends of the ice, it’s just smart. Only talking like that gives him that 1% chance to make the team.

Posted by VPalmer on 09/24/17 at 05:36 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 09/24/17 at 10:40 AM ET

That’s a serious reach. Is there some kind of medication you need a lot of and haven’t taken enough of, or you need a little of and taken too much?

Some serious tin-foil hat here. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t demand good defense from its players. There’s a reason why we got f**kall for Vanek at the deadline, and he signed a 1 year deal worth less money after dangling in Free Agency almost all offseason. Get a grip man.

Do I think we hold guys back too long because we expect them to learn NHL defense in the AHL? Yes. Do I think it’s some sort of conspiracy where we deliberately ruin offensive talent just because? That’s completely ridiculous.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 09/25/17 at 09:19 AM ET

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Mantha seemed to be the juggernaut for the team last night. If that translates into the regular season, man that would be incredible.

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 09/24/17 at 08:24 AM ET

Mantha has a very real possibility of being our best player this year if he keeps this up.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 09/25/17 at 09:21 AM ET

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