DETROIT -- When you play for the Detroit Red Wings, you have to wait your turn.
While other clubs rush their prospects to the NHL, the Wings nurture their future.
On Friday evening Detroits patience paid off as two youngsters, Corey Emmerton and Jakub Kindl, paced the Wings' attack in their 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators in the season opener at Joe Louis Arena.
Kindl and his defensive partner Jonathon Ericsson each had an assist and were a plus three, while Emmerton had a goal and an assist and finished at plus-2.
We can play a lot better than we did tonight, Wings coach Mike Babcock said. What I did like was I thought Emmerton was strong up the middle on the fourth line and Kindl had a real good game, hes supposed to be our sixth D and he was excellent.
It was an emotional night as the Wings and their wives honored former assistant coachplayer Brad McCrimmon, defenseman Ruslan Salei and goalie prospect Stefan Liv during a center ice ceremony before the game.