Limited number of Detroit Red Wings tickets for March go on sale
Detroit – The Red Wings will have a few more fans in the stands next week when they return home to Little Caesars Arena.
The Wings began selling a limited number of tickets for the home games in March at the LCA on Thursday as state restrictions were eased earlier this week and 750 people could be seated in the arenas.
The Wings’ next home game is Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
The Wings have received up to 500 fans in the past few weeks, mostly friends and family members.
On Tuesday the Wings played in Columbus, where around 2,000 fans attended the Nationwide Arena for the first time.
The Red Wings have also played in Dallas and Florida where a limited number of fans were in attendance.
“It’s funny what perspective is,” said coach Jeff Blashill during a Zoom chat with the media on Wednesday. “If we had played in full buildings all year and went in last night (Tuesday) we would have thought it was empty.
“And last night it seemed to be full. You could hear the crowd. They loved it. It was great. It was great to be a part of it. It’s closer to what we’re used to and what makes it so great to be a part of. “
With at least a few fans in one area, striker Luke Glendening thought the Columbus game was a return to normal.
“It was nice to have a bit of normality in hockey,” said Glendening. “It’s nice to have fans. It would have been nice if they had cheered you on and not against you, but it was nice to have people in the building.”
Grand Rapids Griffins, the subsidiary of Wings in the minor league, will also welcome the fans back to the Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins will have 750 fans at home games, starting with games against Rockford on Saturday and Tuesday. Griffins season ticket members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for these and other home games later in the season.
The Red Wings entered the game with a power play goal in three consecutive games on Thursday.
That comes after the Wings were 0:40 in 14 games, a particularly terrible time for the unit.
Blashill believes the power play staff now have confidence that they can be successful in those two minutes.
“It helps a ton to get on the ice when you think you have a real chance to score,” said Blashill. “Guys performed better, and a big part of that is winning faceoffs.”
If a power game doesn’t score, if at least at some point it can change the complexion of the game, that in itself can be a huge benefit for a team.
“Really good power games, what they do, they hit every four or five times, but they give you four out of five impulses,” Blashill said. “The power game looks better.”
Adaptation to the times
Wednesday’s COVID-19 log list only had four players: Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby, Boston Charlie Coyle, San Jose Tomas Hertland Nashvilles Ryan Johansen.
Given the opening weeks of this shortened season, where teams were decimated – the Wings once had five starters – and games canceled and scheduled fairly regularly, this was a dramatic improvement overall.
With viral infections generally declining across North America, the number of people vaccinated, and more vaccines available, this likely contributes to the NHL’s better numbers.
“We’ve all learned the best way to do it all in a jiffy,” said Blashill.
However, according to Blashill, there was an adjustment as the arena staff, media and various other game day staff were not seen daily.
“There is a human interaction that is alive and the fans in the stands are alive and moments to share in situations like this are alive and certainly tough (without fans),” said Blashill. “I don’t want to use the word harshly. We have the chance to train and play in the NHL and it’s great. It was just different.”
The wings were without a striker Dylan Larkin (Upper body) and Tyler Bertuzzi (Upper body) and defender Troy engraver (Lower body. Both Larkin and Stecher should be ready to play Tampa Bay, the Wings’ next game, on Tuesday. Bertuzzi probably wouldn’t be available until the following week.
… Glendening won 20 of 25 games against Columbus on Tuesday. It was the first time since then that a Red Wings player has won more than 20 faceoffs in one game Pavel Datsyuk went 22 to 29 (75.9%) in New Jersey on Nov. 28, 2014.
Glendening took first place in the NHL games on Thursday with a 68.4 percent gain in the circle.