We’re a little more than 24 hours away from puck drop, for the Detroit Red Wings at least. The 2016-17 NHL season officially gets underway Wednesday night, but Detroit will first take the ice Thursday night in Tampa against the Lightning.
A lot of speculation has been made on who will make the roster for Opening Night, with the wave of roster moves being made throughout the preseason and having to deal with injuries to some key cogs. But early on Wednesday, the official roster was released, along with the likely pairings on offense and defense.
— Red Wings News Feed (@RedWingsFeed) October 11, 2016
Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellett make Red Wings, Mantha to Grand Rapids, Kronwall to IR and Double AA is on opening night roster.
— Joe Hammer (@JoeDetroit1994) October 11, 2016
— NHL Starting Lineups (@NHL_Lineups) October 12, 2016
For 5 p.m. roster deadline (with eye to salary cap), Red Wings with 13 F, 7 D, 3 G. Kronwall on IR, and Franzen, Jurco & Vitale on LTIR.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) October 11, 2016
|LINE 1||Tomas Tatar||Frans Nielsen||Henrik Zetterberg|
|LINE 2||Justin Abdelkader||Dylan Larkin||Riley Sheahan|
|LINE 3||Gustav Nyquist||Darren Helm||Thomas Vanek|
|LINE 4||Steve Ott||Luke Glendening||Drew Miller|
|D-PAIRING 1||Danny DeKeyser||Alexey Marchenko|
|D-PAIRING 2||Brendan Smith||Mike Green|
|D-PAIRING 3||Jonathan Ericsson||Xavier Ouellet|
GOALIES: Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard, Edward Pasquale
HEALTHY SCRATCHES: Andreas Athanasiou, Ryan Sproul