PLYMOUTH, Mich. The Detroit Red Wings have always had a very passionate fan base.
Many of them make a special trip to Traverse City every September to watch the team during training camp.
Because of the lockout and the 48-game season, the Wings are having to adjust to a much quicker schedule.
So instead of Traverse City, the Wings settled in at Compuware Arena, home of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers, for the start of their abbreviated camp. Ford Motor Company is using Joe Louis Arena for part of this week for a couple of events with the North American International Auto Show.
The Wings will practice at Compuware through Tuesday, take Wednesday off and then return to Joe Louis Arena Thursday.
The 3,504-seat arena appeared to be about half-full for the Wings' first day of practice Sunday.
"It was great to be officially skating again with all the guys," Henrik Zetterberg said. "Lot of fans here, great experience, felt like we were in Traverse City."
Niklas Kronwall, who celebrat...