Detroit Red Wings News – 2013 Red Wings Updates
7/29/13 - With the NHL realignment
, the Detroit Red Wings were one of three teams to jump conferences. Like the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Red Wings moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference. Detroit is one of eight members of the Atlantic Division, where half the teams in the Division are Original Six members - with Detroit, the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs. What does the move to the East mean for Detroit's schedule? The move will weaken the rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks but will allow past-time rivalries to reemerge between the other Original Six members. In addition, Daniel Alfredsson will play his former team the Ottawa Senators more frequently. The Detroit Red Wings schedule includes one of six outdoor games to be played this year in the NHL - the rescheduled NHL Winter Classic. The Toronto Maple Leafs
and Detroit Red Wings, back in the same Division, will compete on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium
in Ann Arbor for the Winter Classic title. Detroit Red Wings tickets for the NHL Winter Classic start at $218.
Have the once-formidable Detroit Red Wings lost their luster? Last season, just three seasons removed from back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Red Wings were knocked out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round, four games to one, by Nashville, the first time since Edmonton did the trick in the 2005-06 postseason that's happened. And, in this lockout-shortened season, the Red Wings are muddling along in fourth place in the Central Division, just a few points ahead of perennial doormats Columbus. As a squad, the Red Wings are having trouble scoring more goals (2.6 average per game) than they're allowing (3.0), and are also having difficulties in both power-play and penalty-kill situations; all of this adds up to a mighty struggle for this once-mighty Original Six franchise. Much of Detroit's offensive punch can be found in the center of the ice, as centers Pavel Datsyuk and Damien Brunnen lead the team in goals scored, while fellow center Henrik Zetterberg leads in assists and total points; significant offensive support is also coming from defenseman Niklas Kronwall and wing Johan Franzen. Goaltender Jimmy Howard is having his issues in net, racking up an .896 save percentage while allowing a 3.07 goals against average in 15 games. While the Red Wings are just off the playoff pace in the Western Conference, a middling start may mean there won't be any octopi tossed onto the Joe Louis Arena
ice in 2013.
With two months to go in the NHL Season, Red Wings tickets at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit average $72, one of the ten cheapest NHL
tickets during the shortened 2013 season. What are the most popular Detroit Red Wings tickets? The Red Wings schedule features upcoming games versus the Chicago Blackhawks
, Vancouver Canucks
, St. Louis Blues
and Columbus Blue Jackets
— all with higher ticket prices than the average Wings home game. Detroit hockey fans wanting to net cheap Red Wings tickets under $50 will find seats as low as $20 at select 2013 Red Wings home games. On the road, Detroit hockey tickets average $120, almost $50 more than home games. Despite the Red Wings slow start, the team remains one the ten most popular NHL road teams this season.