Free the Kraken!
The new NHL team hit the ice for the first time in its history Tuesday night, as the Kraken head to Sin City to face the Golden Knights. It’s a battle between the league’s two new franchises, and Vegas has left some big shoes to fill. In its inaugural season in 2017-18, the club won the Pacific Division and made it to the Stanley Cup final. Over the next three seasons, they won another division title (2019-20) and made the playoffs every year: they reached the first round in 2019, the conference final in 2020, and the semi. conference final in 2021.
Seattle is currently playing with house money. One thing they might not be playing with, however, are a few key guys from Calle Jarnkrok, Joonas Donskoi, Jared McCann and Jamie Oleksiak. They are all in the COVID-19 protocol and were declared unavailable earlier today. Around 8:30 p.m. ET, however, Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark reported that Donskoi, McCann and Oleksiak were in Vegas and had to play. Then, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the three would warm up.
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It could be a roll of the dice for bench boss Dave Hakstol against a stacked Golden Knights roster. One bright spot is that he should have 2021 Vezina Trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer in the net. (The Vézina trophy is voted on by the general managers and awarded to the best goalkeeper in the league). The signed free agent just finished a season in which he went 30-91 for the Avalanche with a .922 save percentage, seven shutouts and 14.5 above-average goals (save percentage). saves and shots faced versus the league’s average save percentage on the same number of shots, by hockey benchmark).
Hakstol will also have one of the best pointers in the NHL by his side. Former Flames captain Mark Giordano unsurprisingly received the “C” and is the first captain in franchise history.
While the Kraken lineup and the 2021-22 season will certainly be a constantly spinning roulette wheel, the Golden Knights are still hitting their numbers. Robin Lehner officially rose to the number one goalie after Marc-André Fleury – the winner of the 2021 Vezina Trophy and co-winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (the fewest goals allowed) with Lehner – was shocking sent to Chicago. There’s also team captain Mark Stone, one of the best two-way crosses in the game, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and perennial Norris trophy contenders Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore.
Sporting News gets all the action as the Kraken crack and hit the ice for the first time in the regular season (all hours Eastern).
Kraken vs Golden Knights live score, highlights
11:40 p.m. – GOAL. RYAN DONATO HAS THE FIRST KRAKEN GOAL IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. The puck hits a body in front and bounces off Ryan Donato who buries it with Lehner out of position. Vegas leads 3-1.
11:40 p.m. – Back to strength itself.
23:36 – Zach Whitecloud gets two and the Kraken heads for the power play.
11:31 p.m. – GOAL. Another pass to the great player, this time defender Nicolas Hague, and he tears a wrist against the tide. Vegas leads 3-0.
11:29 p.m. – Vegas’ power play woes continue into the 2021-22 season.
11:26 p.m. – Barely 11 seconds after Schwartz’s penalty expired, Seattle is called for too many men.
11:22 p.m. – Jaden Schwartz called for stumbling.
11:21 p.m. – The second period begins.
First period: Golden Knights 2, Kraken 0
11:05 p.m. – Kraken may be losing 2-0 but, according to Natural Stat Trick, it wasn’t that bad. They have a Corsi For percentage of 62.16 versus 37.84 for the Golden Knights and were leading 23-14 in shooting attempts. Vegas led in Scoring Chances (9-7) and High Danger Chances (2-1).
11:02 p.m. – The first period is coming to an end. Seattle dominated Vegas 9-6 but lagged 2-0.
10:52 p.m. – Brandon Tanev gets a chance to escape while on the penalty kill, but, after watching the game 14 times, it looks like Lehner’s kick took the puck away from him at the last second.
10:50 p.m. – Congratulations Jamie Oleksiak, you are the first player in Kraken history to get a penalty (two for tripping).
10:35 p.m. – GOAL. My God, Jonathan Marchessault. Left alone in the lunge, he foils Grubauer and slips the puck behind the goalkeeper from the goal line. Vegas leads 2-0.
10:30 p.m. – GOAL. Evenly matched, Vegas enters the zone with a 3-on-2 and Mark Stone finds high-nan Max Pacioretty. The Connecticut native easily beats a slippery Philipp Grubauer. Vegas leads 1-0.
22:29 – Mark Giordano with a chance as he comes down from the right point.
22:26 – Well, my God Kraken is cracking up already. Jordan Eberle with a diving attempt that cuts the crossbar. And then the team gets their first power play.
22:26 – The puck has fallen. Welcome to the NHL, Seattle.
22:24 – The Vegas pre-game show is still going on.
9:43 p.m. – Special evening. Special washers.
9:42 p.m. – Almost game time
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- Dated: Tuesday, October 12
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN (United States) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
- Flux : ESPN + (United States) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)
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