By Dave Hart
Lightning 6, Red Wings 4 – The Red Wings opened their season with a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
The Red Wings were led in a losing effort by newcomer Thomas Vanek with two goals while Frans Nielsen added a goal and an assist in his first game with Detroit.
Detroit’s goaltender Petr Mrazek took the loss, stopping 30 of 35 Tampa Bay shots.
The Red Wings will look to pick up their first win on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers on the road.
Tied for 7th Place in Atlantic Division (2 pts behind five different teams)
Tied for 10th Place in Eastern Conference (2 pts behind six different teams)
Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 165 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 165 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 165 pts
Next Game: 10/15/2016 @ Florida Panthers 7:00 p.m. @ BB&T Center
Stats: Goals- Thomas Vanek 2 (2), Frans Nielsen (1), Danny DeKeyser (1) Assists- Mike Green 2 (2), Darren Helm (1), Dylan Larkin (1), Nielsen (1), Gustav Nyquist (1), Henrik Zetterberg (1) Goalie- Petr Mrazek L (0-1-0) 30 saves on 35 shots.