The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that the name for their new arena will be Little Caesars Arena.
Previously known as the Detroit Events Center, the arena is scheduled to open for the 2017-18 NHL season.
The naming rights deal is a curious one, as the Ilitch family owns both the Red Wings and Little Caesars, so in essence they're paying themselves $120 million over 20 years..
Knowing that Pavel Datsyuk's time with the Detroit Red Wings is probably over, it's kind of hard to look at the team's 1-0 loss in the context of anything but that.
To me, the most telling thing about this game was the first period.
Is this the end?
The Red Wings visit the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight for Game Five of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup, one loss from elimination. After consecutive virtual-must-win games, Detroit now faces an actual must-win to keep their season alive.
With a loss, the Red Wings' season comes to a close with just a single playoff victory to their credit for the second time in three years..
I'm not sure if the Red Wings deserved better than a 3-2 loss last night in Game Four against the Lightning, but I can't shake the feeling that Tampa deserved worse.
The Lightning controlled the first ten minutes of play and scored their first power play goal in that time. But after that, they really didn't threaten much outside of the power plays.
So after the first two games I asked whether or not the Lightning were afraid of the Red Wings. After Game Three, they should be.
Whether it was coming home to Joe Louis Arena, the lineup changes, a general wakeup call, or something else, Detroit seemingly flipped a switch. They didn't look quite as dangerous as I'd like offensively but defensively they shut down Tampa's top line - a line that has given them fits for two years - and exposed their lack of depth.
There might be stats that show that this game was close. I don't know, I turned my TV off once it was over and I'm not looking it up. At the very least, the Wings had a good amount of shots, so based on that you might say they were right in it until the end.
But lets be serious here: The Lightning - without Stamkos, without Stralman - have yet to have a reason to be afraid of the Red Wings.
I don't know. I see people saying the Red Wings' 3-2 loss to the Lightning in Game One was close and hard fought but I'm not feeling it.
Sure, the score was close and there were battles. Plenty of hits to go around. Decent number of shots for both teams. But there were only one or two shifts where I felt like Detroit was really threatening.
Though they may not deserve it, the Red Wings open their 25th consecutive trip to the playoffs in Tampa tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
These two teams met in the opening round last year, with Tampa Bay rallying from down 3-2 in the series to win in seven games, but there are some differences this year..
"Red Wings Back Into Playoffs."
That was the headline I thought about running instead of just doing my usual postgame thoughts formula. Double-meaning, eh? For the 25th consecutive year, they're back into the playoffs. And they certainly backed into them.
Needing a win to control their own destiny, following a woeful loss against the Bruins on Thursday in a game in which they could have clinched, the Red Wings came out relatively flat against the Rangers.
The rumors appear to be true: Pavel Datsyuk's time with the Detroit Red Wings is coming to an end.
In an exclusive interview with the Detroit Free Press' Mitch Albom, Datsyuk explained his intent to return to his native Russia at the close of the current NHL season, leaving one year left on his contract with Detroit..
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