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.