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Red Wings DeBrincat, Kane Reunited And it Feels So Good

DeBrincat enjoyed a pair of 41-goal seasons as Kane’s linemate



Red Wings forwards Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane were a dynamic duo as linemates in Chicago.

Among their Spotify playlists, it’s doubtful that Detroit Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat and his new/old teammate Patrick Kane have any Peaches And Herb tunes.

That being the case, it’s ewually likely that the most memorable lyric from the 1970s pop duo’s biggest hit has been streaming non-stop through their minds ever since the news broke that Kane would be signing with the Red Wings.

Reunited, and it feels so good.

“Yeah, it’s exciting,” DeBrincat said. “Obviously, we’ve been friends for a while and have some chemistry on the ice, so it should be fun.”

As linemates in Chicago, DeBrincat was fashioning a pair of 41-goal campaigns. During the 2020-21 season, while DeBrincat was scoring his 41 goals, Kane was bettering him with 44 tallies.

During the 218-19 season, Kane would contribute 10 primary and five secondary assists on DeBrincat goals. The duo really grew to be dynamic as a pair in 2020-21. Among DeBrincat’s 41 goals, Kane was collecting 22 primary and five secondary assists. Meanwhile, DeBrincat was dishing out five primary and seven secondary assists on Kane’s 44 goals.

That season, it was DeBrincat who set up Kane for his 400th NHL goal on a two-on-one break against Detroit. DeBrincat is confident that they can again create that magical connection to the benefit of the Red Wings.

“Maybe it’s not going to click right away but I don’t expect it to take a crazy amount of time,” DeBrincat said. “I think we know who each other are as players, where we like to be.”

DeBrincat Offers Kane Scouting Report

As to what Kane will bring to the ice, DeBrincat offers a ready-made scouting report.

“Just his hockey IQ is pretty high, just off the charts, above a lot of other people,” DeBrincat said. “The way he’s able to slow the game down and make the game come to him, he’s obviously a guy the other team is worried about and is focused on.

“He can draw a couple guys in and move that puck. It’s something that I kind of had to learn to play with. I think he’s not a guy who’s maybe going to make the first play he sees, he’s going to hold onto it and usually something better opens and then he’s moving it.

“It was fun to play with him.”

DeBrincat Keeping Kane In Red Wings Loop

During Kane’s process to select his next NHL team, DeBrincat was a persistent earworm, constantly talking up the Red Wings way to his friend and teammate.

“Just kind of gave him my experience on how the organization is, how we’re treated here, the depth of our team. I feel like we have a really good group here, so just kind of giving him my experiences so far and kind of feeling him out and seeing what he was looking for.”