The Detroit Red Wings opened their regular season with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night from the Joe Louis Arena.
Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored first-period goals 36 seconds apart and Jimmy Howard turned aside 19 shots to secure Detroit’s first win as a member of the Eastern Conference.
After making a few moves to get under the salary cap, the opening day roster looked pretty good in their debut. Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each logged over 20 minutes of ice time and contributed on the penalty kill.
Newcomers Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss made their presence felt on the second line and nearly connected on a couple of early opportunities.
While Detroit spent a lot of time on the penalty kill, and a defensive zone turnover led to Buffalo’s only goal, there is still a lot to be excited about in Hockeytown.
Here are some positives signs witnessed from the start of the 2013-14 season.