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Red Wings’ Home Opener What to Know: Lalonde Using 7 D Men



Olli Maatta, Red Wings

Game Facts

What: Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay

Where: Little Caesars Arena

When: 7 p.m. tonight

TV/Radio: Bally Sports/97.1 FM

Things to Watch

Coach Derek Lalonde says Robby Fabbri likely won’t play tonight due to an upper-body injury sustained in Thursday’s loss at New Jersey. Lalonde says he will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen tonight and bring up a veteran from Grand Rapids as insurance. That should get defenseman Olli Maatta into the lineiup after he was a healthy scratch on Thursday. …

Fabbri’s injury is different than the one he sustained during the preseason. Lalonde says he should be available Monday vs. Columbus. …

Who says there are no rainouts in hockey?

Tonight’s game will feature the debut of a new horn at Little Caesars Arena, one that will sound like the old horn at Joe Louis Arena. The team had been using a recording of the old one, which  is on display at LCA. …

Former Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson, who spent most of his career in Ottawa. has a new job with the Senators. His role is to be determined. Alfredsson played 17 seasons for Ottawa before a final season in Detroit in 2013-14.