Detroit Red Wings align with most of NHL, finally change most weekday starts to 7 p.m.

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings are falling in line with most of the NHL and moving the start times for home weekday games from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Wings announced the new start times for 20 weekday home games Monday, 10 days before their first game of the season. That one, on Oct. 14, against the Montreal Canadiens, will start at 7.

“Based on feedback from fans, season ticket members, hockey operations staff, and club partners, we’re confident the 7:00 p.m. start for weekday games will be a welcomed change,” Chris McGowan, President and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, said in a statement.

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The other 7 p.m. weekday home starts are:

Oct. 17, Los Angeles Kings

Oct. 25, New Jersey Devils

Nov. 3, Washington Capitals

Nov. 8, Montreal Canadiens

Nov. 19, New York Rangers

Nov. 23, Nashville Predators

Nov. 28, Toronto Maple Leafs

Nov. 30, Buffalo Sabres

Dec. 3, Vegas Golden Knights

Dec. 13, Carolina Hurricanees

Dec. 21, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dec. 31, Ottawa Senators

Jan. 4, New Jersey Devils

Jan. 10, Winnipeg Jets

Jan. 12, Toronto Maple Leafs

Jan. 24, San Jose Sharks

Feb. 9, Calgary Flames

Feb. 23, New York Rangers

March 2, Seattle Kraken

March 20, Florida Panthers

March 28, Pittsburgh Penguns

April 6, Buffalo Sabres

April 10, Dallas Stars

Starting home games at 7 p.m. aligns with the start times of 27 of the 32 NHL clubs.

“Once the national television schedule was announced, we worked through the approval process with the NHL and Bally Sports Detroit to move these games to 7:00 p.m.,” McGowan said.

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