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NHL Preview: Detroit Red Wings (26-20-8) at Seattle Kraken (31-18-6)

DETROIT RED WINGS NOTES:

LAST GAME
RED WINGS 5 at CALGARY 2 (2/16/23)
1ST PERIOD: CGY Lindholm (Backlund) 15:22-SH; DET Kubalík (Bertuzzi, Oesterle) 18:59-EV
2ND PERIOD: DET Fabbri (Larkin, Perron) 2:27-PP; CGY Dubé (Andersson) 9:03-EV; DET Kubalík (Larkin, Bertuzzi) 15:21-EV; DET Bertuzzi (Fabbri, Larkin) 18:43-PP
3RD PERIOD: DET Suter (Zadina, Chiarot) 3:55-EV
SHOTS: DET 24 (7-13-4) / CGY 35 (8-12-15)
GOALIES: DET Hellberg (W, 33-35) / CGY Vladar (L, 19-24)
PP: DET 2-4 / CGY 0-2
MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since)
Lucas Raymond – lower body (4 / Feb. 10)
Total Man Games Lost: 230
Individual Man Games Lost: Filip Zadina (37), Robby Fabbri (35), Jakub Vrána (33), Matt Luff (32), Tyler Bertuzzi (31), Robert Hägg (15), Elmer Söderblom (13), Gustav Lindström (11), Oskar Sundqvist (7), Olli Määttä (4), Jake Walman (3), Ville Husso (2), Michael Rasmussen (2), Dylan Larkin (1)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
2/16 – Signed defenseman Olli Määttä to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $3 million
2/14 – Recalled forward Jakub Vrána from Grand Rapids … Placed forward Lucas Raymond on injured reserve retroactive to 2/10

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at KRAKEN / 10:30 P.M. EST / Climate Pledge Arena / TV: BSD / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM
TONIGHT: Third all-time meeting, second at Seattle … First of two games this season, only game at Seattle
ALL-TIME vs. SEA: 1-1-0 / AWAY: 0-1-0 / LAST 10: N/A / IN 2021-22: 1-1-0 / THIS SEASON: 0-0-0
DET top scorers vs. SEA: Dylan Larkin (0-3-3 in 2 GP), Lucas Raymond (1-1-2 in 2 GP), Moritz Seider (0-2-2 in 2 GP), Dominik Kubalík (1-1-2 in 3 GP), Robby Fabbri (1-0-1 in 1 GP), Joe Veleno (1-0-1 in 1 GP), Tyler Bertuzzi (0-1-1 in 1 GP), Ben Chiarot (0-1-1 in 2 GP), Jordan Oesterle (0-1-1 in 2 GP), David Perron (0-1-1 in 2 GP), Pius Suter (0-1-1 in 2 GP)
SEA top scorers vs. DET: Jordan Eberle (13-6-19 in 27 GP), Oliver Bjorkstrand (4-10-14 in 21 GP), Yanni Gourde (5-8-13 in 22 GP), Ryan Donato (4-2-6 in 6 GP), Brandon Tanev (3-3-6 in 9 GP), Eeli Tolvanen (3-2-5 in 8 GP), Jaycob Megna (0-2-2 in 4 GP)

UPCOMING GAMES (ALL TIMES EST)
Tuesday, Feb. 21: RED WINGS at CAPITALS / 7:00 p.m. / Capital One Arena / TV: BSD / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM
Thursday, Feb. 23: RED WINGS vs. RANGERS / 7:00 p.m. / LITTLE CAESARS ARENA / TV: BSD / RADIO : WXYT 97.1 FM
Saturday, Feb. 25: RED WINGS vs. LIGHTNING / 8:00 p.m. / LITTLE CAESARS ARENA / TV: BSD / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM

LAST TIME OUT
Feb. 16 at Calgary – 5-2 W
Detroit earned a 5-2 win at Calgary to improve to 26-20-8 overall and 12-9-5 on the road … The Red Wings set a season high with their fifth-consecutive victory, marking the team’s longest winning streak since a five-game run from Nov. 24-Dec. 4, 2021 … The result also marked Detroit’s first win at Calgary since Jan. 7, 2015, ending a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) … The Red Wings swept a regular-season series against the Flames (minimum two games) for the first time since winning both head-to-head meetings in 2013-14 …Detroit scored five-or-more goals against Calgary for the first time since an 8-2 triumph on Nov. 15, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena … The Red Wings are 5-1-0 in their last six road games dating back to Jan. 19 at Vegas … Detroit is 8-1-0 against Canadian clubs since Jan. 10 vs. Winnipeg … Detroit beat Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary on the same road trip for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013 … The Red Wings have allowed two-or-fewer goals in eight of their last 11 contests … Dylan Larkin matched a career high with three assists … It marked Larkin’s fifth three-point game of the season and 18th of his NHL career … Larkin extended his point streak to six-straight games, logging 12 points (6-6-12) since returning from the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game … Larkin also had a six-game point streak from Jan. 10-19 (2-6-8 in 6 GP) … Larkin also recorded his fourth-consecutive multi-point game (5-5-10 in 4 GP), tying Dominik Kubalík (3-6-9 in 4 GP from Oct. 17-25) for the longest such run by a Red Wings player this season … The last Detroit skater with five-consecutive multi-point games was Johan Franzén (4-7-11 in 5 GP from March 15-24, 2009) … Larkin has compiled 22 points (8-14-22) in 16 games dating back to Jan. 10 vs. Winnipeg … Larkin is averaging better than a point-per-game this season, leading the Red Wings in goals (21), assists (34), points (55), power play goals (11), power play points (21), game-winning goals (4) and shots (170) through 53 games … With 245 career assists, Larkin has passed Gary Bergman (243 assists) for 21st place on the franchise’s all-time list … Larkin (168-245-413 in 557 GP) is also two points away from tying Vyacheslav Kozlov (202-213-415 in 607 GP) for 20th place on Detroit’s all-time scoring list … Larkin has 14 points (7-7-14) in 14 career head-to-head meetings against Calgary … Kubalík netted a pair of goals for his ninth multi-point game of the season … Kubalík also scored twice on Dec. 29 at Buffalo … Twelve of Kubalík’s 16 goals this season have come on the road … Tyler Bertuzzi recorded a power play goal and two assists for his first three-point game since March 22, 2022 vs. Philadelphia … Bertuzzi has six points (2-4-6) in six games since Feb. 7 vs. Edmonton … Bertuzzi (87-112-199 in 299 GP) is one game from 300 and one point shy of 200 for his NHL career … Robby Fabbri logged a power play goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four-consecutive games (3-5-8 in 4 GP) … It also marked Fabbri’s third-straight multi-point performance (3-4-7 in 3 GP) … Pius Suter wrapped up the scoring with his eighth goal of the season … Suter has two goals in his last three appearances … Suter also finished 8-for-11 (72.7%) at the faceoff circle … With an assist on Fabbri’s power play goal, David Perron registered his 700th career NHL point … Perron became the fourth member of the 2007 NHL Draft class to reach the 700-point mark, joining Patrick Kane (441-776-1,217 in 1,158 GP), Jamie Benn (351-465-816 in 1,004 GP) and Jakub Voracek (223-583-806 in 1,058 GP) … Perron has five assists in his last five contests … Ben Chiarot picked up an assist on Suter’s goal, giving him three assists in his last four games … Chiarot is one assist shy of 100 for his NHL career … Magnus Hellberg stopped a career-high 33 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period, to earn his first victory since Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa … Detroit finished 2-for-4 on the power play … The Red Wings have the NHL’s second-best power play on the road (27.2%) … The Red Wings are 5-for-7 (71.4%) on the man advantage over their last three games, and 8-for-18 (44.4%) during their five-game winning streak … In all, Detroit is 9-1-0 this season when scoring multiple power play goals … Detroit is also 26-for-29 (89.7%) on the penalty kill since Jan. 17 at Arizona … Detroit is 5-4-0 in the first half of back-to-backs this season, and 4-4-1 in the second half.

SEATTLE KRAKEN NOTES:

LAST GAME
Philadelphia 2 at Seattle 6
Goals: Gourde (2), McCann, Schultz, Bjorkstrand, Beniers
Goalie: Grubauer (17/19)
PP: 2/3 PK: 1/1 Shots: Philadelphia 19 – Seattle 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 147)
Chris Driedger (ACL; IR) – 55 games – month-to-month
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 55 games – no timeline for return
Andre Burakovsky (lower body) – 5 games – week-to-week

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
Feb. 17, 2023: Reassigned F John Hayden to Coachella Valley (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 20: San Jose at Seattle, 1 p.m. PT
Thursday, Feb. 23: Boston at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 26: Toronto at Seattle, 4 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Seattle at St. Louis, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 2: Seattle at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. PT

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Tonight’s matchup is the first of two games the Kraken will play against the Red Wings this season and the only that the two teams are meeting in Seattle. The two teams will next face off on March 2 in Detroit.

• The Kraken are looking to extend their point streak against the Red Wings to three games. Seattle is 1-0-1 all-time against Detroit.

• The team has played 13 games this season in which it has had at least five different goal scores, including the Kraken’s last game on Feb. 16 vs. Philadelphia when Yanni Gourde (2), Jared McCann, Justin Schultz, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matty Beniers all scored.

• Jared McCann (1.92) was leading the NHL in goals-per-60 at five-on-five this season among players that have played in at least six games this year entering play Friday.

• Entering play Friday, Adam Larsson and New York’s Jacob Trouba were the only two players to have at least 150 hits and 100 blocks this season.

• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are tied for the league lead in wins (13) and points (28). The team’s 76 goals and 3.62 goals-per-game rank second and fifth in the league, respectively, since Jan. 1.

• With 55 games played, the Kraken have already surpassed their win (27) and point (60) totals from last season.

• Despite only playing in 55 games this season, the Kraken are the first team to have scored at least eight goals in a game four different times since the Pittsburgh Penguins also has four eight-goal games in 2011-12.

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