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Friday, 18 January 2013 11:56

Red Wings skate into a new era without Lidstrom

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have played in the last 21 Stanley Cup playoffs. That postseason streak might be in jeopardy. The storied franchise is starting a season without seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom for the first time since the 1990-91, the year its run in the playoffs began. Lidstrom retired last summer and the 42-year-old defenseman turned down an offer from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to play in the lockout-shortened season. Henrik Zetterberg is the new captain on a team that has a chance to be better up front and in net. Niklas Kronwall will lead the way on defense and will need plenty of help from Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White and Brendan Smith. Saturday the Detroit Pistons kick off the regular 48-game season with a trip to St. Louis to play the Blues at 8 p.m.