In the first-ever regular-season game in the Seattle Kraken franchise, they will go on the road and take on the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights had a record of 40-14-2 last season. Vegas lost to the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the semi-finals in the playoffs last year.
Seattle Kraken First Ever Franchise Game
This is the first-ever game in the Seattle Kraken franchise. It will be interesting to see how the team gels and if it will take some time to get it going as a team.
Jaden Schwartz-Jared McCann-Jordan Eberle and Marcus Johansson-Alexander Wennberg-Calle Jarnkrok make up the first two lines for Seattle. Jarnkrok has entered the NHL’s Covid protocol and is in danger of missing this game. Seattle’s offense does not have a tremendous goal scorer and it could take some time for the offense to click together. It is a very difficult first game for the franchise against a very good defense in Vegas.
Phillipp Grubauer was signed as a free agent to a six-year contract and Chris Driedger was signed as a free agent to a three-year contract to be Grubauer’s backup. Grubaeur was absolutely fantastic last season for the Colorado Avalanche. He had a 30-9-1 record with a 1.95 GAA and a .922 SV% last season. Grubauer ranked second in GAA, eighth in SV%, and tied for first in shutouts last year. Driedger was solid himself. He had a 14-6-3 record with a 2.07 GAA and a .927 SV% for the Florida Panthers last season. Mark Giordano and Vince Dunn were both claimed in the expansion draft.
Knights Remain One of Top Teams
The Knights lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens in the semi-finals in the playoffs last year. It was a disappointing outcome as Vegas was a huge favorite to defeat Montreal. They finished the season with a 40-14-2 record last year.
The offense was excellent for the Knights last season. They finished last season ranking third in goals per game and fourth in shots per game. Mark Stone led the team with 61 points. Vegas traded for Evgenil Dadonov and re-signed Mattias Janmark in the offseason. Their top two lines of Pacioretty-Stephenson-Stone and Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith remain intact and Vegas’ offense should be just as good as last season. Alex Tuch will miss a significant amount of time after undergoing shoulder surgery
Defense and goaltending were tremendous all last season for the Knights. Vegas ended last year ranking first in goals against per game and fourth in shots against per game. Marc-Andre Fleury had a record of 26-10-0 with a 1.98 GAA and a .928 SV% last season. Vegas traded Fleury to the Blackhawks. Robin Lehner will take over as the starting goaltender for Vegas. He had a record of 13-4-2 with a 2.29 GAA and a .913 SV% last season. Laurent Brossoit was signed in the offseason to be Lehner’s backup. He had a 6-6 record in 11 starts and 14 games played with a 2.42 GAA and a .918 SV% last season. Lehner and Brossoit should be successful this season with Vegas’ defense being one of the best in the league..
- Knights are 13-5 in their last 18 games at home