After suffering a tough loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Seattle Kraken will face the winless Calgary Flames.
Seattle enters the second half of a back-to-back and will have a mostly different lineup than they did against Edmonton. The Kraken won their first preseason game, taking down the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 5-3. Things didn’t come as easily against Connor McDavid and the Oilers, as they suffered a 6-0 loss. The Flames had a similar fortune against Edmonton, losing 4-0 in their preseason opener despite not facing many NHL-level talents.
Flames Top Scorers to Debut
The Flames have struggled to produce offense so far in the preseason, but might be able to remedy that. Tonight’s game will see the preseason debuts of their top three scorers from a season ago. Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm will appear for the first time this preseason, as will free-agent signee Blake Coleman. The back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion will give Calgary’s offense more options outside of those three and veterans Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund.
The Flames have mustered just two goals through two games, one coming from breakout candidate Dillon Dube against the Canucks. With Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Lindholm, and Coleman in the top-six alongside Andrew Mangiapane and Backlund, the offensive output could certainly increase. Calgary will, however, be facing a stout defensive team in Seattle that includes their former captain in Mark Giordano.
Time for a Kraken Rebound
The Kraken will also be looking for more offense after being shut out by Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen last night in Edmonton. Seattle’s top line of Jared McCann, Jaden Schwartz, and Jordan Eberle will be returning to action, as will veterans Joonas Donskoi and Adam Larsson. Giordano will likely return to his spot on the point with the top power-play unit that is looking to make up for an 0-for-4 effort last night.
Philipp Grubauer will start in net for Seattle, who will have Joey Daccord backing up for the second consecutive game. Carson Soucy and Haydn Fleury will return to the lineup in front of Grubauer, making his life a little easier. Will Borgen will play for the second straight night, and Cale Fleury will make his Kraken debut.
Preseason Matchup Outlook
This might be Seattle’s most competitive game to date, as both sides look to be fairly matched despite the slight advantage to the Kraken in goal. The Flames will be rolling with former Boston Bruins netminder Dan Vladar for a third straight game. Calgary’s top offensive weapons will be in play, but the Kraken will ice their top line as well. It should be the most evenly matched contest we’ve seen from the Kraken so far this preseason. Enjoy another game with Seattle boasting those road white jerseys.