NHL News: Kraken lose Jaden Schwartz for 4 to 6 weeks (hand), and Ducks vs Wings postponed

Seattle Kraken forward Jaden Schwartz will undergo surgery on his hand and miss four to six weeks, the team announced Thursday.

Schwartz injured the hand during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 29.

Schwartz ranks second on the Kraken with 20 points. He has six goals and is tied for the team lead with 14 assists.

The 29-year-old spent the previous nine-plus seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with expansion Seattle as a free agent in late July.

He has 160 goals and 245 assists (405 points) in 589 NHL games.

Ducks and Red Wings Postponed

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Nov 16, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (46) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Honda Center. The Ducks defeated the Capitals 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and host Anaheim Ducks has been postponed due to “COVID-related issues affecting the Ducks,” the NHL announced.

The game has been rescheduled for Sunday.

The Ducks placed Sam Carrick, John Gibson, Hampus Lindholm and Vinni Lettieri in the league’s protocol several hours before game time.

Top offensive performers Ryan Getzlaf and Trevor Zegras have been in COVID-19 protocol since the NHL resumed play last week. Forwards Derek Grant and Nicolas Deslauriers are also in the protocol.

Zegras reportedly cleared the protocol but was going to be held out Thursday regardless.

Thursday’s game was going to be the first of a three-game West Coast swing for the Red Wings, who will now have a back-to-back against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and the Ducks on Sunday.

–Field Level Media