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Red Wings vs. Kraken: Petry out, DeBrincat honored



Alex DeBrincat, Red Wings

Game Facts

Who: Red Wings vs. Seattle

Where: Little Caesars Arena

When: 8:15 p.m.

TV/Radio: Bally Sports/97.1 FM

Records: Red Wings 5-1-0, Kraken 1-4-1

Things to Know

Jeff Petry did not skate this morning and won’t play tonight due to an upper-body injury. Klim Kostin also out of the lineup after missing the last two games. Coach Derek Lalonde says if both are still out on Thursday the team will recall someone from Grand Rapids. …

The Red Wings are going for their sixth win in a row tonight against a Kraken team they have never beaten in regulation. They won the first game played between the teams on Dec. 1, 2021 in overtime, but have lost three in a row to Seattle.

Not surprisingly, Alex DeBrincat earned top honors from the NHL this week.

Daniel Sprong was part of a Seattle team that made the playoffs and won a first-round series for the first time last year.  He sees parallels between last year’s Kraken and this year’s Red Wings: “We have four lines that can play, we have six really good D, seven really, and really good goaltending,” he said after the morning skate. “We play a fast game. We’re hard to play against up and down the lineup. That makes it hard matchup-wise on the road and at home, anybody can play against anyone.”

Tonight’s game is part of the NHL’s Frozen Frenzy, where all 32 teams play in games that start at 15-minute intervals.

Tonight’s game will have a puck drop at 8:23, more than an hour later than usual. Lalonde’s assessment of the starting time was succinct: “I hate it.” DeBrincat, on the other hand, was nonplused: “Maybe just a little longer nap in the middle of the day. Pretty much everything else is the same. Just try to stick to the same routine. It’s just an hour later. It’s not too bad.”

On a happier note …

Still no word as to whether it’s an upper-body or lower-body injury. …

Seattle’s Andre Burakovsky will be out for 6-8 weeks after he was injured in Saturday’s loss to the New York Rangers.  Burakovsky had had a “successful procedure to address an upper body injury,” the team said. …

Former Red Wing Jonathan Ericsson has begun a new venture in his post-hockey career.