Might as well get used to this matchup, because the Avalanche and Kraken will play each other three times in the next month. Colorado will look to get some secondary scoring, while Seattle might settle for any scoring at all.
Alexandar Georgiev will start in net for the Avalanche, with Grubauer going for the Kraken. Expect to see a lot of Georgiev this first month because of a light schedule. Justus Annunen was sent to the Colorado Eagles yesterday, so Ivan Prosvetov will back up Georgiev for the first time.
With the same lineup going for Colorado, that means this will be Andrew Cogliano’s first game back in Seattle since Jordan Eberle fractured his neck in game six. I doubt much comes of it, but it’s worth mentioning. Expect Cale Makar to hear the boo birds every time he touches the puck, as Kraken fans haven’t forgotten about his hit on Jared McCann in the postseason.
An Avalanche win will be their 14th consecutive regular season road victory, which would tie an NHL record.
I have to imagine the Kraken will be more focused on the game itself, as they’ve started slow and need a win. Through three games, they’ve scored just two goals, and are yet to win a game. I watched them against Vegas on opening night, and they were still a pain to play against, but had no finish around the net. It doesn’t help that they’ll be without Brandon Tanev for at least a month because of injury.
Only five Kraken players have registered a point through three games.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Jonathan Drouin – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Artturi Lehkonen – Ryan Johansen – Valeri Nichushkin
Miles Wood – Ross Colton – Tomas Tatar
Andrew Cogliano – Fredrik Olofsson – Logan O’Connor
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Sam Girard – Bowen Byram
Jack Johnson – Josh Manson
Expected Seattle Kraken Lines
McCann – Beniers – Eberle
Schwartz – Wennberg – Bjorkstrand
Tolvanen – Gourde – Burakovsky
Kartye – Bellemare – Yamamoto
Dunn – Larsson
Oleksiak – Borgen
Dumoulin – Schultz
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 12.5%, 21st in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 100%, 1st in NHL
Seattle Kraken Power Play: 14.3%, 19th in NHL
Seattle Kraken Penalty Kill: 100%, 1st in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN, ESPN+
Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5
Game Time: 8:00 PM MST