The Detroit Red Wings and Seattle Kraken will both look to keep the good times rolling when they square off against one another at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detroit has won three consecutive games, most recently defeating the Boston Bruins by a 2–1 score on Nov. 30. Filip Zadina and Marc Staal tallied for the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Seattle has captured two points in four of its last five decisions, with victories over the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Buffalo Sabres during that span. Hey, three of those teams are pretty great!
To this point, goaltending has been the biggest story of Seattle’s first season. Both Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger have been extremely underwhelming in the crease for the Kraken, with the team’s goaltenders collectively posting an .874 save percentage — by far, the worst mark in the entire National Hockey League.
Detroit’s goaltending has been better than just fine, although it’s primarily been Alex Nedeljkovic pulling the weight as of late. During November, Nedeljkovic ranked eighth in the NHL with a .934 save percentage; Thomas Greiss, his counterpart in the Red Wings’ crease, posted an .897 mark.
The Red Wings
Detroit deployed these combinations in Tuesday’s 2–1 win over the Bruins:
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Givani Smith
Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne
Sam Gagner – Carter Rowney – Filip Zadina
Nick Leddy – Moritz Seider
Marc Staal – Filip Hronek
Jordan Oesterle – Gustav Lindstrom
With the Red Wings playing in a back-to-back situation, Thomas Greiss (4–6–0, .901 SV%) will likely make his first appearance in goal since Nov. 18.
Seattle went with these lines in Buffalo on Nov. 29:
Jaden Schwartz – Yanni Gourde – Jordan Eberle
Marcus Johansson – Alexander Wennberg – Mason Appleton
Jared McCann – Morgan Geekie – Brandon Tanev
Ryan Donato – Riley Sheahan – Joonas Donskoi
Vince Dunn – Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak – Carson Soucy
Haydn Fleury – Will Borgen
Chris Driedger (2–2–0, .876 SV%) has won back-to-back starts for the Kraken, allowing only five goals on 70 shots in his last two appearances. With Philipp Grubauer still struggling, Driedger could get the nod on Wednesday as Seattle’s hot hand.
Detroit: Lucas Raymond (nine goals, 21 points); Dylan Larkin (10 goals, 19 points); Tyler Bertuzzi (nine goals, 18 points); Moritz Seider (two goals, 14 points); Vladislav Namestnikov (seven goals, 12 points).
Seattle: Jaden Schwartz (five goals, 17 points); Jordan Eberle (11 goals, 16 points); Jared McCann (10 goals, 14 points); Yanni Gourde (five goals, 14 points); Brandon Tanev (eight goals, 13 points).
Players to watch
Detroit: The Red Wings could use a little bit more production from Robby Fabbri, who currently ranks in a tie for seventh on the team with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 23 contests. The 5’10” winger is playing for a new contract — his current two-year pact expires after this season — and could stand to pick up the pace both to help his own situation and to bolster the Wings’ chances of winning on any given night.
Seattle: It’s starting to look like the Toronto Maple Leafs probably shouldn’t have given up so quickly on @Jared McCann — nor should the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, or Vancouver Canucks, for that matter. The 25-year-old has always been an efficient scorer and has taken a step in a bigger role with the Kraken, having scored 10 goals in his first 17 games with the brand-new franchise.
Viewing and listening options
Wednesday’s Red Wings game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXVT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.
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