Red Wings to Open LCA on October 5


The Detroit Red Wings announced their home opener for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, and it will be October 5 against the Minnesota Wild.

The Red Wings will not be participating in another team’s home opener this season so we’ll have to wait until the full schedule is released on Thursday to find any more game dates.

Detroit is winless all-time when opening up a new arena.  On December 27, 1979, they dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues in their first game at Joe Louis Arena.  They opened Olympia Stadium with a 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on November 22, 1927.  Their first game in Windsor’s Border Cities Arena – the team’s home for their first season – was a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on November 18, 1926.

With the announcement comes our first look at the Inaugural Season logo for Little Caesars Arena.  I’d like it a lot more with the Winged Wheel left out.  As it is, the LCA logo kind if looks like a toilet, and putting the Wings’ logo over top of it implies the Wings are in the toilet.  Of course, given the season they just had, that might be accurate.

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  • “Detroit is winless all-time when opening up a new arena. On December 15, 1979, they tied the Quebec Nordiques 4-4 in their first game at Joe Louis Arena.”

    WRONG. Everything stated about this game is correct – except it was the final game at Olympia, NOT the first at The Joe.

    The Wings opened The Joe on December 27th, 1979, with a 3-1 loss to St. Louis.

    Cee Cee June 21, 2017 9:22 PM
    • Sigh. Stupid mistake. Thanks for the heads-up.

      Clark Rasmussen June 21, 2017 9:31 PM