With the NHL lockout officially over, the Detroit Red Wings have announced their 2013 schedule. The Wings will play 48 games in 99 days as Detroit looks to extend its 21-season playoff streak, the longest current streak in professional sports.
Brighton Patch Facebook fans were split on whether or not they'll support the Wings season after the lockout, which lasted for nearly four months amidst union disputes.
"Yawn. Not interested anymore," wrote reader Mike Voories.
While Patch reader Erika Warner commented, "Too little, too late."
But some just can't ignore the lure of their favorite team.
"Of course," wrote David T. Majchrzak. "The NHL is still best professional league in the state, best fans, and will be watching and attending. A lockout doesn't ruin enjoyment of the game at the top level."
Tell us in the comments: Will you pay to go see the Wings this season?
The Red Wings are acknowledging the lack of support fans might feel, too.
That's why they've announced the "Thanks for sticking with us" initiative—a 35-hour no-fee promise for ticket-buyers. The club and Ticketmaster will have no fees for any regular season ticket purchased from 1 p.m. on Thursday through midnight Friday at Detroitredwings.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, or by calling 313-396-7575.
Full season ticket packages as well as Six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now. For more information, contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575, or visit DetroitRedWings.com.
The first puck drops for the Wings on Jan. 19 in St. Louis, MO. Their first home game will be held Jan. 11 against Dallas at the Joe Louis Arena.
See the full schedule at DetroitRedWings.com.