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Wings to host Senators in final Joe Louis opener

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
The Red Wings will open next season on the road Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay.

Detroit — The Red Wings will host their final home opener at Joe Louis Arena October 17 against the Ottawa Senators.

The NHL released dates for home openers Monday, with the rest of the schedule to be released Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Wings will actually open next season on the road Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay, where the Lightning have ended the Red Wings’ seasons in the first-round of the playoffs the last two seasons.

That could be an interesting opener, indeed, if the Red Wings are somehow able to sign potential free agent forward Steven Stamkos, if Stamkos doesn’t re-sign with Tampa Bay.

ted.kulfan@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @tkulfan