The Detroit Red Wings will play at least their first two games of the shortened 2013 schedule away from home, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reported.
According to Pleiness, the Wings will open the year with a game at St. Louis on Jan. 19, then travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets two nights later.
Detroit’s original, 82-game schedule included a Jan. 20 road game in St. Louis — the NHL reportedly will try to keep the updated schedule as similar as possible to the one that was on the books, at least in terms of when teams play at home. The Red Wings had home dates of Jan. 22 (Calgary) and Jan. 30 (Montreal) on the initial slate.
Jan. 19 is expected to be the first day of the new season, with a reported end date of April 27; the playoffs tentatively are set to begin on May 1.