Kraken pre-game notes: Seattle seeks to avoid another back-to-back Panthers freefall


SUNRISE, Florida – The Kraken has seen this before.

They hope it doesn’t turn out the same.

After winning two straight games in their most-played games of the season, the Kraken were shut out for the first time this year with a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night.

With another game on Saturday, they don’t have much time to linger; their next foe, the Panthers, hasn’t lost at home all season.

“They are a team that transition and attack as well as anyone in the league,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “So two things have to happen. First, we have to have a good solid structure and we have to move in groups of five. These are two things that are going to be very important. “

The last time the Kraken lost a game after a quick winning streak, they ended up losing six games in a row. After the loss in Tampa, Hakstol insisted these things were unrelated.

But it’s true the Kraken haven’t mastered the art of swing yet and are now in a tough spot trying to get it back in the middle of a four-game swing on the East Coast.

“If you try to defend this team all night, it will be a very long night,” Hakstol said. “So we have to do a good job of being able to find the puck and limit some of their time in zone O which, as a group, is effective enough to create a lot of time in zone O for them. themselves. “

That’s what burned the Kraken in Tampa. The Panthers are a similar team; to avoid another long night, Seattle needs a stronger start.

On the second night of a tough back-to-back, that’s a lot easier said than done.

Projected lines of the Kraken

From Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay:

Forward:

Marcus Johansson-Alexander Wennberg-Jordan Eberle
Brandon Tanev-Morgan Geekie-Jared McCan
Mason Appleton-Yanni Gourde-Jaden Schwartz
Ryan Donato-Colin Blackwell-Joonas Donskoi

Defense:

Jamie Oleksiak-Haydn Fleury
Carson Soucy – Vince Dunn
Jérémy Lauzon-Adam Larsson

Remarks

  • Chris Driedger will start in the net against the Panthers, the team the Kraken selected him for in the expansion draft.
  • Kraken captain Mark Giordano is still on COVID-19 protocol after missing Friday’s game in Tampa Bay.
  • Hakstol said there would be “a few” roster changes, but said he would not speak to them in the morning.
  • Riley Sheahan was added to the Kraken roster early Saturday from AHL Charlotte.

Broadcast information

Time / place: 3 p.m. PT, FLA Live Arena.
TV: ROOT Sports.
Radio: KJR-AM (950).

About the Panthers

This season: 14-3-3 (last game: 4-3 loss to Washington).

Player to watch: Jonathan Huberdeau.

Remarks: The Panthers are 11-0-0 at home this season and one win away from breaking the NHL’s winning streak record at home to start a season. … Last year’s Selke winner Aleksander Barkov is injured and out of the Panthers roster. … Like the Kraken, the Panthers are coming off a loss in the first game in a row. … Florida’s 76 goals are the most important in the NHL this season.

Projected lines

Forward:

Huberdeau-Bennett-Duclair
Verhaeghe-Lundell-Reinhart
Vatrano-Thornton-Tippett
Lomberg-Luostarinen-Hornqvist

Defense:

Weegar-Ekblad
Carlsson-Montour
Forsling-Gudas


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