The Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs for the third straight season last year, and this season isn’t predicted to fare much differently.
But for future captain Dylan Larkin, he’s anxious to get the season started and wants to get the city talking about their hockey team again.
“We can be very competitive every night and go on hot stretches,” said Larkin, adding that the team wants to “get off to a good start.”
“We’re going to have to come out to a good start, and that’s something we didn’t do last year (1-7-2),” he continued. “It’s all-in the start and getting some steam and getting buzz around town, and young guys contributing and gaining confidence.”
The team closed out last season on a high note, finishing 8-2-0. With the influx of young talent including Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen and Joe Veleno, plus defensemen Moritz Seider, Dennis Cholowski and Oliwer Kaski, the team’s future looks bright.
“You get to the dog days of August where you’re sick of being in the gym and you want to be back with all the guys,” Larkin said. “More guys are coming back into town and it’s good seeing them.
“It was a good break. But with our finish to last season fresh in the mind, gaining confidence winning games, plus we added some good pieces – it’s exciting.”