Wings’ Jonathan Ericsson leaves opener
Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson had back spasms and Ducks
defenseman Andy Sutton broke his right thumb in Detroit’s 4-0
season-opening win over the Ducks on Friday night.
The Ducks plan to evaluate Sutton on Saturday to determine how
long he will be out.
Ericsson will miss at least one game, getting replaced by Jakub
Kindl on Saturday night on the road against the defending Stanley
Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Sutton didn’t play in the third period after getting in a fight
with Detroit’s Ruslan Salei midway through the second period.
Ericsson played for 5-plus minutes in the first period and
wasn’t on the ice in the second or third. The Red Wings had hoped
to give Ericsson’s shaken confidence a boost by pairing him with
six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom.