This was supposed to be a night about new faces and new places.
But this being the Red Wings everything new was old again Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena where a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the season opener was a reminder that some things simply don’t change.
A reminder too that their rough-and-tumble new neighborhood has a few patsies of its own. The “rebuilding” Sabres were deemed also-rans even before they got out of the gate this season — “This is not exactly a test of mettle for the Red Wings” NBC analyst Mike Milbury grumbled during the first intermission — and Wednesday’s display didn’t do much to dispute that notion.
Still on a night when another sellout crowd of 20066 officially welcomed the team’s Eastern Conference resettlement and on a night they cheered the debuts of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss — the Wings’ big offseason free-agent signings — it was less about what they brought and more about what they joined.
First-period goals by Pavel Datsyu