• Kicking this game thread off just a bit early since we’ve been waiting so long for this game…


    The Red Wings begin their 2013 season tonight in St. Louis, visiting the defending Central Division Champions.  This makes Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo’s first game in the Winged Wheel against his former team.


    The Blues made the move on their blue line that the Wings declined to on Friday, signing bought-out veteran defenseman Wade Redden to a one-year deal.  Redden will join the team today but not play tonight.


    With Nicklas Lidstrom having retired, Tomas Holmstrom about to retire, Brad Stuart having moved back to San Jose, Jiri Hudler gone to Calgary, and Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi and Jakub Kindl all hurting (only Helm is on injured reserve right now), the Wings’ lineup looks a bit different than fans might be used to.  The Wings have been skating with the following lines:


    Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Damien Brunner

    Mikael Samuelsson – Valtteri Filppula – Johan Franzen

    Patrick Eaves – Justin Abdelkader – Daniel Cleary

    Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo


    Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

    Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith

    Ian White – Carlo Colaiacovo


    Jimmy Howard will get the start opposite Jaroslav Halak of the Blues.


    Game time tonight is 8:00 PM on Fox Sports Detroit.

    Clark Rasmussen January 19, 2013 4:31 AM
  • One thing I worry about is what going from being Nick Lidstroms defensive pair to being Carlo Colaiacovo’s on the bottom pair will do to White’s game.


    Looking forward to seeing Quincey/Smith – hoping it’s better than Rafalski/Lebda.

    Monica McAlister January 19, 2013 4:59 AM
  • I tweeted earlier that the Quincey/Smith pair looks interesting to me.  A lot of potential.


    And according to the people at the morning skate, it’ll be Mursak on the third line, not Eaves.

    Clark Rasmussen January 19, 2013 7:41 AM
  • Unless I’m missing it, doesn’t look like a ton of Blues played during the lockout.  Advantage to the Wings’ top line?
    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 1:11 AM
  • Power play already looking special.
    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 1:22 AM
  • Well hell.  Wings seemed to be doing a better job of getting set up on offense but who needs to get set up, eh?
    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 1:30 AM
  • Solid PK, if we’re looking for positives.
    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 1:53 AM
  • Really dislike that last penalty.  Really dislike that whole period, though.

    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 1:58 AM
  • Wings looking awful and Mursak is hurt.  Awesome.

    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 2:21 AM
  • Next five goals are huge.
    Clark Rasmussen January 20, 2013 2:46 AM