It’s a great month to be a Detroit sports fan. The Tigers are heading to the ALCS against the Red Sox after surviving two elimination games against the Athletes. The Lions are in 2nd place in the NFC North with a 3-2 record. The Pistons are getting ready to start their well anticipated season on October 30th with the return of Mr. Big Shot and newly signed free agent Josh Smith. And lastly the Detroit Red Wings are 4 games into a full 82-game season; the 2012-13 lockout is slowly becoming a distant memory.
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The Red Wings will have 5 more home games this month and will be competing strongly against the Tigers to attract fans into Joe Louis Arena. The Wings are currently on a home sellout streak of 90 games dating back to December 19, 2010. They have a long way to go to catch their all-time record of 452 straight home game sellouts which spanned across an entire decade, from 1996-2007.
The optimistic goal to beat that record will be put to the test during their next five home games. The Wings will start by hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on October 12th, they will drop the puck at 7:00 PM EST. Over in Boston the Tigers begin the ALCS by taking on Jon Lester and the Red Sox at 8:00 PM EST. This scenario isn’t unusual considering the Wings just had conflicting game times with the Tigers last night as the Coyotes came to town and Justin Verlander dominated out in Oakland during game 5 of the ALDS. Joe Louis Arena was still at maximum capacity.
If the streak does continue to 91 games, which I’m betting it will, the Red Wings and the city of Detroit will catch a huge break on October 15th. We will have ourselves a Wings-Tigers doubleheader. Game 3 of the ALCS is at Comerica Park and scheduled for 4:00 PM EST start time. The Red Wings will drop the puck versus the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 PM EST. So, if the Tigers don’t go into extras innings, you could possibly have enough time to take the trip across town to watch the Wings play at The Joe.
October 21st the Wings host one of the best teams in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks, with no other Detroit teams scheduled to play. Mark that one down as a sellout without a doubt.
The final two home games in October are where things get a little messy. Well, only if the Tigers make it to the World Series. October 23rd (Ottawa Senators) and 26th (New York Rangers) are the schedule dates for games 1 and 3 of the World Series. Those dates could change if the conference match-ups are finished early. But if they don’t, the Wings could be in trouble.
The game on October 23rd is the most dangerous because the Tigers would start the World Series at Comerica Park due to the fact the American League defeated the National League in the All-Star game. Depending on what time that game is, Wings play at 7:30 PM EST, Daniel Alfredsson could greet his old teammates with a few empty seats in the building. Three days later it’s basically the same problem except fans will be glued to the television sets as the Tigers travel out to Boston.
The outlook to break the previous record of 452 games looks achievable with a great group of prospects in Grand Rapids patiently waiting their turn to re-energize the Red Wings for the next decade. And you can’t forget about that new arena still being talked about. We have the launching pad to challenge the sellout record, even if Detroit is going through a rough financial time.
However, none of that will mean anything if the streak doesn’t last through October 2013.
Hockeytown fans get out to Joe Louis Arena and support your team, keep the streak alive!