The 2010-2011 Red Wings drop the puck on a new season tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Of course, we're getting things started here too in terms of the season so let's shake off the figurative rust and get going.
- 153 days ago, the Red Wings season ended against the San Jose Sharks in a quick five game series. But today ushers in a new season for the Red Wings and their fans as the franchise looks to claim the 12th Stanley Cup in the history of the team.
- Jimmy Howard will start in net tonight for the Red Wings. This isn't much of a surprise as Howard carried the workload during the season last year. Neither goalie looked particularly impressive in the preseason but then again, it's just the preseason and it doesn't matter really. Howard will need to start the season strong and tonight's game is a chance to do that.
- Scores from last night: Carolina 4-Minnesota 3, Toronto 3-Montreal 2, Philadelphia 3-Pittsburgh 2, Colorado 4-Chicago 3, Edmonton 4-Calgary 0. A Nelson Muntz sized "HA-HA!" goes out to Calgary.
- Check back around 2 pm ET for a pretty sweet unveiling here on WIM.
- Justin Abdelkader is out of tonight's line-up and with Todd Bertuzzi questionable (back) and Kris Draper out (groin), coach Mike Babcock has apparently entertained the thought of re-inserting Kirk Maltby into the line-up. I wonder if this is some sort of repayment for what seemed like a timely injury for Maltby last year that put him on the IR and gave the Wings room to bring players back. No? Alright, fine.
- Speaking of Bertuzzi, it may just be me but it looks like he's really starting to fit in with the team in the locker room and as far as the "identity" of the team goes. Last year, it seemed his teammates began to embrace him more and more as a crucial part of the team. I think dropping the gloves against Brooks Orpik following the knee to Franzen showed even more that he is trying to establish himself as a good teammate.
- Speaking of Maltby, he might be leaning towards retirement instead of spending the season in Grand Rapids. As a fan, I'm not sure what I want out of this situation. I don't want Maltby to retire but I also don't want him to spend the year in Grand Rapids. It's a tough decision for him to make but I'm sure that fans will respect the route that he chooses.
- The rest of the previewing including match-ups to watch after the jump
Again, check back at 2 pm ET for the unveiling of something here on WIM.