Breaking down the Detroit Red Wings opening night roster for 2023-24

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Oct 4, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Detroit Red Wings goaltender James Reimer (47) stands for the national anthem against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Breaking down the Detroit Red Wings 2023-24 goalie trio

There’s no shock here with the Detroit Red Wings roster heading into the 2023-24 season. Ville Husso is the team’s starter right now. He’ll be the 1A guy this season, and he’s looking to come out and prove that he can be a better netminder than last season.

Husso ran out of gas last season and ended up struggling before the close of the 2022-23 season. The durability was a question with Husso, but he has supposedly made some strides and is looking to come out in 2023-24 and be able to be the team’s best option and be consistent in the crease.

Beyond that, the Red Wings brought in two netminders during the summer as part of the off-season. Alex Lyon and James Reimer were brought in to help lockdown the team’s goaltending issues, and both of them broke camp with the team since the Red Wings are heading into the season carrying three goalies.

Alex Lyon is the youngster who made his name for himself in a brief stint last season with the Florida Panthers. He will likely serve as the team’s third option, with Reimer handling most of the backup duties.

Reimer is a veteran of the NHL and has served his time with many teams along the way. The Red Wings brought him in and expect him to serve as the 1B guy behind Husso, filling in as needed to be an important piece of the tandem.

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Lyon’s sort of the spare player the team can rely on as needed. The Red Wings will rely on Husso a bunch early on, but they have two other netminders who will compete as well.