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We Haven't Seen This In 33 Years

10/04/2018 at 3:07pm EDT

from Will Burchfield of 97.1,

Five Red Wings will play in their first NHL game in the season-opener Thursday night versus the Blue Jackets, the most from any team since, yep, those 85-86 Wings took the ice at Joe Louis Arena nearly 33 years ago to the day.

Debuting Thursday night for Detroit are forwards Michael Rasmussen and Christoffer Ehn and defensemen Dennis Cholowski, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek....

In all, the Red Wings will have six rookies in the lineup Thursday night including Hicketts, and 10 players under the age of 25. The four others are Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Bertuzzi.

A year ago, they dressed just four players under the age of 25 in the season opener. The year before that, three. Times are changing in Hockeytown.

The six players who made their NHL debut for the Red Wings on opening night 33 years ago? Adam Oates, Doug Houda, Chris Cichocki, Tim Friday, Petr Klima and Ray Staszak, per the team statistician. Those young Wings, who tied the North Stars 6-6 (OT) in game one, would finish last in the Norris Division.

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