Call it the Expansion Cup as the NHL’s newest teams meet on Tuesday when the Seattle Kraken makes its regular season debut against the Vegas Golden Knights and begins its fifth season.
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Many Golden Knights players knew what it was like to skate the Kraken on Tuesday night from five years ago. The youngest Stanley Cup semi-finalists won’t overlook the Kraken expansion.
“Yeah, we definitely have a little bit of extra insight,” said Reilly Smith of the Golden Knights, according to Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com. “You are definitely a real team. They have a pretty good squad and I’m sure they will be as hungry as any other team in the league. … we have to be sharp. There is no doubt about that. We won’t sit back at all. “
Seattle will not be satisfied with expansion results this season either. The Kraken will have a hard time keeping up the Golden Knights’ first run of the year with the Stanley Cup final, but the playoffs are definitely on the radar.
“We’re competing for a playoff team,” Krakens head coach Dave Hakstol told the NHL Network through CBS Sports. “This is the first goal on our list. It’s a tough job to be a playoff team in the National Hockey League. This is our focus when we start Game 1. “
The inclusion of star goalie Philipp Grubauer in the free agency increases the Kraken’s chances of a post-season run. The Veniza Trophy finalist had a save percentage of 0.922 at the Colorado Avalanche last season.
Seattle also has a solid squad of defenders in Adam Larsson, Jamie Oleksiak, Mark Giordano and Vince Dunn. Offensive will be the big question mark for the Kraken.
Vegas will make it hard for the Kraken to score – even if star goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury went to Chicago. Knights goalkeeper Robin Lehner showed potential with a save percentage of 0.913 last season.
The Knights also have a stingy defense led by defenders Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore. Both can also offend. Pietrangelo had 23 points and Theodore 42 points last season.
Seattle has to slow down Vegas’ top strikers in Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. Both scored more than 20 goals last season. Newcomers like right winger Evgenii Dadonov and center Nolan Patrick will also cause a sensation on the offensive.
According to the Associated Press via FOX 5 KVVU-TV, five players in the Kraken will be unavailable for the game due to COVID-19 protocols. These include Oleksiak and strikers Marcus Johansson, Joonas Donskoi and Jared McCann.
Vegas won’t forward Mattias Janmark due to COVID-19 logs, according to CBS Sports. The Knights will also have no centers for Brett Howden and Nicolas Roy due to injury and striker William Carrier for concussion via CBS Sports.