Minnesota Wild (0-0-0) at Detroit Red Wings (0-0-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 4, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +120 / Minnesota Wild -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Detroit Red Wings unveil their brand new arena on Thursday night as they welcome the Minnesota Wild to Little Caesar’s Arena to open the season.
The Wild look to build on last year’s impressive season while making amends for a disappointing playoffs as they kick off their season on the road against the Detroit Red Wings in the team’s first game in their new arena. Minnesota is a team many expected to go on a deep playoff run last year based on their regular season effort but they came up short and surely had a long offseason filled with question marks heading into this season, but they have a solid roster and should be just as competitive. Minny will lean on their top line six forwards to account for the bulk of their success as guys like Nino Niederreiter, Eric Staal, abd Miik Koivu are among their top six but their bread and butter lies on the blue line and in the crease as they have arguably the best top four in the NHL and a great goaltender in Devan Dubnyk.
The Wings meanwhile are celebrating a new era in Hockeytown as they say goodbye to Joe Louis Arena and hello to Little Caesar’s Arena as the Wings host Minnesota in the first ever regular season game in their new building. Detroit also said goodbye to an historic playoff run that ended after two-plus decades of consecutive qualification and this season may not be much better as this team is in a bit of a rebuild and has some glaring holes in the roster. Henrik Zetterberg continues to lead the charge in the offensive zone and will be joined by Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist but their bottom six and blue liners are a bit thin and playing in front of the tandem of Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek doesn’t always exude a ton of confidence.
The Wild are 14-4 in their last 18 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last five overall while the Wings are 2-5 in their last seven and 4-1 in their last five against the West. This is a tough one to call as both teams aren’t overly deep up front but the blue line strength of the Wild pushes them ahead as they open the season with a win.