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Detroit – A new era in Red Wings hockey began Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena.

The Red Wings hosted the Minnesota Wild in the first regular-season game at the new arena, which replaced Joe Louis Arena.

“It’s been a long time coming, you’ve seen it going up the last couple years, you’ve seen the progress, and having the game today, it’s pretty exciting,” said forward Dylan Larkin.

The Red Wings have played four exhibition games in LCA.

“Man, does it get loud,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall of his first impressions. “I can only imagine what it’s like when it’s sold out. With the stands being so steep, it feels like they’re (the fans) on top.”

Follow Thursday night's action here with tweets by Ted Kulfan and Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News, and others, throughout the game.

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