Coming off a season where the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, the 2017-18 season started with a much-needed win. The Wings opened up Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Pregame festivities included a red-carpet event that introduced several Stanley Cup Champions of the past and current Red Wings roster. Photos include; Dylan Larkin, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Mike Green, Niklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Thomas Holmstrom, Joe Kocur, Larry Murphy, Danny Cleary, Eddie Mio, Jiri Fischer & Ken Holland.
After a disappointing 2016-17 season, the outlook for this young Red Wings team is uncertain. Will Dylan Larkin bounce back and become the leader he’s been groomed to be? What’s Athanasiou’s contract situation? With Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill in the hot seat, you have to hope that there are better days ahead in 2018. “The Joe” is gone and Little Caesars Arena is here! At least for one night, fans were treated to an unforgettable moment in Detroit Sports history.