Red Wings expect season to start in St. Louis

Defenseman need to fill void

When the truncated NHL season officially starts, the Red Wings expect to play the Blues in St. Louis on January 19. It's believed the Wings will open at home on Tuesday, January 22 against Dallas.

Today, informal workouts continued at the Troy Sports Center. 

Patrick Eaves led the group, including Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Valterri Filppula and many more, through a series of drills in two separate sessions that were separated by a brief break for the zamboni to clean the ice.

Kronwall spoke with me after practice about the need for the defenseman to step up in the absence of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart.

After the collective bargaining agreement is ratified by the players, the Red Wings will open training camp at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on Sunday.

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