Rachel Peil ‘22: The Detroit Red Wings opened up their season on Thursday, January 14 at Little Caesars Arena. Excitement arose in the D as hockey returned, but it started with the new faces on the ice.

Some of those new additions to the Red Wings team include Thomas Greiss, Bobby Ryan, and Marc Staal . 

Additionally, forward Dylan Larkin became the 37th captain in franchise history of the Detroit Red Wings. 

“He is a good team player all around. He is perfect to represent our team, and deserves to be our captain,” Matthew Perna ‘22 said. 

Unfortunately, the Wings lost their first game by a score of 0-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. 

The team then bounced back with a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes, but ended up falling short yet again with a score of 2-3 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On Tuesday, January 19, the Wings just barely won, as they defeated the Blue Jackets, 3-2 in overtime. 

The team struggled to find a way to stay on top as they took losses in their next four games. Losing 1-4 and 2-6 to the Chicago Blackhawks, and 1-2 and 3-7 to the Dallas Stars.

“I think that the Wings need to work on defense and work on keeping hold of the puck. When they are defending they need to know when to attack the puck and when they have to have a hold of it. They need to keep the puck moving and not just dump in the offending zone,” Perna said. 

With no fans allowed to attend any games this season, the Wings try to make the best of the current situation.

“It’s sad that we can’t attend the games, but it’s also good. It keeps the players and the fans safe from covid. I don’t really care as long as they keep playing and we can watch them some way,” Perna said. 

The Wings, currently 2-5-2 on the season, play their next game on Saturday, January 30 against the Florida Panthers.

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