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A Familiar Look

01/15/2021 at 6:23am EST

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Look, this is still likely a bottom-five team in the NHL we're watching here in Detroit, though hopefully one with more lottery luck in the end.

But there’s plenty of room for improvement, which is really all general manager Steve Yzerman admits he can expect at this point in a rebuild. And more than enough opportunity to show it, playing a 56-game schedule over 115 days, starting with a rematch with Carolina in less than 48 hours.

And after no games for what felt like an eternity, that felt good — and different — Thursday night, even if the loss didn’t.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There were sights unfamiliar — and too familiar — as the Detroit Red Wings played their first game in 310 days.

They started the 2021 season by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes — the same team that left the 2019-20 Wings on the mat March 10, two days before the NHL shut down the season because of the pandemic — on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena .

Credit new goalie Thomas Greiss for keeping the 2021 opener close, but his teammates were not nearly as effective as the hope they built up during a two-week training camp.

The result was a 3-0 loss that was only close because Greiss made 41 saves. The Wings did not acquit themselves well in any other aspect — but they have a rematch on hand Saturday at LCA.


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