Kraken Pre-Game Notes: Looking for a rebound, Kraken faces a tough test with Connor McDavid and the Oilers
EDMONTON, Alta. – The Kraken have already played a back-to-back game in Edmonton. That time, in the preseason, he suffered a bad loss to the Oilers before a win in Calgary the following night.
This time, the Kraken face the Oilers in their second straight game following a loss to the Rangers in Seattle on Sunday night. The Kraken didn’t play a bad game but were stopped by Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.
At one point, however, moral victories are not victories. The Kraken also played well against the Canucks in the home opener and lost. At some point, the finish – and the victories – must come.
Back to back is always a difficult step to start a new race, however.
“Playing after playing last night, we won’t be able to dictate the clashes,” said Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol. “One of the most important things for the night will be making sure that we have good energy and that we are as fresh as possible when we are on the ice. “
The Kraken will be without Jared McCann, who entered COVID-19 protocol ahead of Sunday night’s game for the second time this season. Max McCormick made his Kraken debut instead, skating on the fourth row.
Hakstol would not commit to any roster changes that may occur in Edmonton other than Joey Daccord starting in goal. Regardless of the changes, the mission is the same: to try to stay as specific as possible against one of the best attacking clubs in the league.
“We’ve all played enough (back to back),” said Kraken forward Jordan Eberle, who is playing his sixth game against his NHL first team, the Oilers. “Whether it’s junior or NHL, we’ve played enough to honestly keep everything mental. Sometimes you feel a lot better back to back, you are more energetic and ready to go.
Seattle faces the task of playing against Connor McDavid, who leads the NHL with 16 points in seven games, and Leon Draisaitl, who centers the Oilers’ second line and has 13 points.
Seeking to secure a back-to-back victory, the Kraken have a lot to fear on their side. McDavid makes it even more difficult.
“He’s an absolutely dynamic player,” said Hakstol. “One of the things that strikes me is just his competitive nature and it seems like every year I’ve gotten to see him there’s a new part of his game, something else he’s trying to improve. “
Projected lines of the Kraken
From Sunday’s game against the Rangers:
Jaden Schwartz – Alexander Wennberg – Joonas Donskoi
Brandon Tanev – Yanni Gourde – Calle Jarnkrok
Ryan Donato – Morgan Geekie – Jordan Eberle
Max McCormick – Riley Sheahan – Nathan Bastian
Vince Dunn – Mark Giordano
Jamie Oleksiak – Haydn Fleury
Adam Larsson – Jérémy Lauzon
- Joey Daccord will start in net after Philipp Grubauer played against the Rangers on Sunday night.
- Max McCormick made his Kraken debut on Sunday night in place of Jared McCann, who is on the Kraken COVID list.
About the Oilers
This season: 6-1-0 (last game: 2-1 win over Vancouver)
Player to watch: Connor mcdavid
Remarks: The Oilers 29 goals are the fifth most goals in the NHL. … Seattle faced the Oilers twice in the preseason, going 1-1-0. … Edmonton’s 47.8% power play is by far the best in the NHL. … Oilers 34.1 shots per game are sixth-highest in the league
Hyman – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Nugent-Hopkins – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Foegele – Ryan – Kassian
Benson – Shore – Turris
Nurse – Bouchard
Keith – This
Koekkoek – Barrie