Three Things: On ‘figuring it out,’ a review of Little Caesars Arena and a Red and White podcast

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed an off-day notebook which discusses the team’s frustrating inconsistency as the Wings’ playoff hopes fade. Kulfan focuses on the comments that the Wings made after their 3-2 loss to the Bruins:

The Red Wings didn’t give the Bruins any pushback until the third period, and by then, it was too late.

“There are no moral victories,” forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “We have to be better from the start if we want to win games. We weren’t good enough.”

 What made it further strange was that the Red Wings played so competitively on the road, winning convincingly in Carolina and losing in the final seven seconds on a controversial goaltending interference penalty in Florida.
“We were shooting pucks, competing, we were tough to play against,” forward Frans Nielsen said. “Then we come out (Tuesday) and no response at all. It’s just frustrating. It’s been like that for a long time. It’s going to be too late if we don’t figure it out. If we stand here and next week sometime and you’re asking the same question, it’s going to be too late. We have to figure it out now.”
Kulfan continues, noting that coach Blashill was disappointed in the team’s younger players;
2. Arena Digest’s Zach Spedden weighed in on the “fan experience” at Little Caesars Arena:

As far as the NBA and NHL gameday experiences are concerned, Little Caesars Arena provides an experience that caters to every type of fan—from those who place an intense focus on the action, to those who relish in the more social aspect of attending the game. For the more social fan, the venue features numerous offerings that can take the arena beyond the experience itself.

The lower concourse features a portion that is designed with wide walkways and multiple restaurant and bar areas. The Budweiser Biergarten and Goose Island Pub are among some of the spaces on the lower level, while several bar areas highlight the upper concourse. While the arena features numerous premium club areas, one of the most unique is the Labatt Blue Club, a two-level space on the north end with a solid viewpoint of the action that offers standard bowl and barstool seating.

With its steep design, Little Caesars Arena is able to provide viewpoints of the action that are fitting for both basketball and hockey. While this is apparent in many of the social spaces that face the floor, those in the main seating bowl will be treated to a strong perspective regardless of the sport. The arena also makes unique use of gondola seating, which is suspended from the rafters and offers a birds-eye view of the floor.

By using its design to enhance several aspects of attending the game, Little Caesars Arena manages to incorporate the interests of multiple types of fans. The same can be said for the technology offerings at the arena, which consist of a multi-faceted slate that gives fans a way to stay connected. While the arena’s robust Wi-Fi network helps fans connect to their smartphones and share their arena experiences on social media, the concourses and social spaces offer plenty of monitors to ensure that the action can be seen outside of the bowl.

Spedden continues

3. And in the multimedia department:


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3 thoughts on “Three Things: On ‘figuring it out,’ a review of Little Caesars Arena and a Red and White podcast”

  1. I am going to try and not listen toBlash.

    The young players were the problem again..What is young by the way?

    Any real coach knows there are things that have to be left in the ROOM. Vets have never been at fault since the A$$Hole got here. Right??? Chicken shit useless excuse for a coach.. Any player, of any age, who has a chance to leave the Wings, should leave. If the armpit and KH leave, maybe they will hire 2 pep[;e that have hockey skills and have a personality. Bruins/Wings both started slow, Bruins (w/o Marchand) won the 2nd, Wings won the 3rd. Bruins young players played well as per their coach. A real Coach. Wings are nowhere near the Bruins, from the GM on down.

    Let the kids play thru their mistakes when possible. This is a rebuild, mistakes and loses will happen.

    The Wings played well and kept a good game. The Bruins are leading NYR 6-1 10 mins left in the 3rd and playing the 2nd game of a back to back. NYR have a Coach.

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