Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – 10/13

Well, here we go, the 2016-17 Red Wings season is upon us.

Detroit opens in Tampa tonight against the Lightning team that knocked them out of the playoffs last spring.  Tampa spent most of their summer locking up their core to mostly-reasonable contracts, making the rest of the league look stupid.  The Wings spent their summer swapping talking about how great their fourth line is going to be.

*shrug*

Here are the Wings’ projected lines, courtesy of MLive’s Ansar Khan, who still has me blocked on Twitter…

Stupid stat of the day: This is the first time the Red Wings have opened the season at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  It is the 22nd arena that they’ve played in for a season opener.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.