The Seattle Kraken will look to end their five-game losing streak against the surging Colorado Avalanche.
Seattle will play its fourth of six consecutive home games in this matchup with Colorado, winners of three straight. The homestand is off to a rough start, with the Kraken being outscored 19-10 in these four contests and failing to record a point. This will be the first of three meetings with the Avs this year, who have recovered of late from a slow start. They have allowed just five goals in their last three games, all victories. Darcy Kuemper looks to be back to form, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and .938 save percentage over the last week in two starts.
Kraken Offensive Decline
Seattle’s offense has taken a step back over the last handful of games, and the road ahead gets more difficult. The Kraken was held to just two goals in three of the last five games and totaled just 10 goals in the last four games. Jordan Eberle has been the catalyst for Seattle offensively during the skid, leading the team in goals (3) and points (6). Alex Wennberg is benefitting from his new spot centering Eberle and Jaden Schwartz and has a team-leading four assists in the last five games. The return of Marcus Johansson and the debut of Colin Blackwell has added to Seattle’s forward depth on paper, and Mason Appleton’s pending return would add to this further.
Avs Producing Without MacKinnon
Forward Nathan MacKinnon has missed the last three games, but his team has won each of them. The perennial Hart Trophy candidate led the team with 45 assists and was one short of the team lead in points (65) a season ago. His absence leaves a major void in the lineup, but other Avs forwards have stepped up. Logan O’Connor has a team-high three goals in the last five games after assuming the coveted role on Colorado’s top line. Nazem Kadri leads the team with 17 points in 13 contests this season and has a team-leading 9 assists and 11 points over the last 5 games.
Colorado’s defensemen have been very active offensively as well, a trend seen all season so far. The Avs have 3 defensemen with 8 or more points through just 13 games played. Seattle has played 3 more games but doesn’t have a blueliner with more than 7 points. Colorado’s defense core also recently welcomed back Devon Toews, who has 2 goals and 4 points in his first 4 games of the season. Adding Toews to a defense that also includes Cale Makar and Sam Girard makes Colorado a threat all over the ice.
Opponent: Colorado Avalanche (7-5-1)
Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 7 PM PT / 10 PM EST
Where: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle
TV: ESPN+ / Hulu
Betting Odds: WynnBET
The Kraken vs Avalanche betting odds on WynnBET has the Avalanche as 1.5-point favorites on the road. Colorado has -145 money line odds, while the Kraken is the underdog at +130. The total for the game is set at an over/under of 6 points.
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