It appears that the Detroit Red Wings will be taking the ice for Saturday’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning minus the injured Robby Fabbri. Might they again be leaving the ice minus a victory over the Bolts?
It’s been eight years plus a day since Detroit won an October game against Tampa Bay. On Oct. 13, 2015, current Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin set up then Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg for what would prove to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory over the Lightning. In five October games since between the two teams, Tampa Bay has won all five.
Eyes on the Home Opener. 👀 pic.twitter.com/OPWOtywsdt
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 13, 2023
Even though this will be his home debut with Detroit, forward J.T. Compher understands well the allure of facing the Lightning. He was part of the Colorado Avalanche team that beat Tampa Bay in the 2022 Stanley Cup final.
“They’ve been a top team in the league for a very long time, as long as I’ve been in the league, so you know you’re going to get a good opponent that’s gonna play hard, play detailed,” Compher said.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- The Grand Rapids Griffins opened the AHL season with a 3-2 verdict over the Colorado Eagles
- Dan Watson was a winner in his first game coaching in the AHL
- Detroit is showing a much deeper roster, but the Red Wings don’t have anyone with the talent of Jack Hughes
- How important is it for Detroit to get off to a fast start to the NHL regular season?
Red Wings Next Game
The Lightning and Red Wings drop the puck at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Posting three victories in a row over the Lightning at one stage last season, it appeared as though the Red Wings have finally exocised their demons against Tampa Bay. At one stage, Detroit lost all but two of 25 games vs the Lightning. However, Tampa Bay won the final two meeetings of last season both by shutout and by a combined margin of 7-0.
Boston: Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins, sees a lot of Raymond Bourque qualities in Bruins D Charlie McAvoy.
Montreal: The future of the Montreal Canadiens is loaded up to the brim with talented players at the AHL level on the roster of the Laval Rocket.
Florida: Florida Panthers goalie Spencer Knight was impressive in his AHL return with the Charlotte Checkers.
Tampa Bay: Former Red Wings player Luke Glendening is working as the fourth-line center for the Lightning.
Ottawa: Former Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson is back with the Ottawa Senators. He’ll be working in coaching an player development.
Toronto: Rookie forward Fraser Minten forced his way on to the roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Pittsburgh: Where have you heard this one before? Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Washington Capitals.
Philadelphia: Among the changes for the new-look Philadelphia Flyers is an improved penalty kill.
Washington: Following a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh, Washington Capitals coach Spencer Carbery suggested that his team has nowhere to go but up.
Islanders: The New York Islanders are giving Simon Holmstrom a shot on the top line with Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal.
New Jersey: The Arizona Coyotes did what the Red Wings couldn’t do. They beat the New Jersey Devils.
Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jalen Chatfield skated just 4:39 in the club’s season opener.
Nashville: Players from the Nashville Predators discuss their 3-0 win over the Seattle Kraken.
Chicago: The latest Chicago Blackhawks stock index.
SEVEN MORE YEARS OF TOEWSER!
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 13, 2023
Colorado: Defenseman Devon Toews and the Colorado Avalanche reached an agreement on a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension.
Vegas: In a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, Braden Pachal scored his first NHL goal for the Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose: Center Mikael Granlund has been placed on IR by the San Jose Sharks.