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.