Seattle Kraken to Canada
The Seattle Kraken travel to Calgary to take on the Flames on Tuesday night. The Flames fell to 5-and-2 on the young season with a 3-2 loss to the Pacific Division rival Edmonton Oilers in another epic version of the ‘Battle of Alberta’ on Saturday night, the same evening the Kraken were handling the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1.
The 4-4-and-2 Seattle Kraken are tied with the Flames in the standings with ten points but have played three more hockey games than Calgary.
The inaugural Seattle Kraken lost all four games to the eventual Pacific Division champions last season, 6-4 at home on December 30th, 2-1 on the road on February 19th, 4-1 at the Climate Pledge Arena on April 9th and again 5-3 at the Saddledome three nights later.
It’s the second time in a week the Seattle Kraken will have a chance to get off the historical schneid against a division foe, having failed to do so against the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday. The 5-4 setback to the BC Boys meant the Seattle Kraken are 0-and-5 against the Canucks. Tuesday will likely be tougher, although Seattle has proven to be road ready this early season.
While the team takes flight, let’s go for an NHL twirl …
Let’s Skate !
In wrapping up their stumble bumble visit around the Pacific Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their losing streak to four games while the Anaheim Ducks snapped theirs at seven. The 4-3 victory came with a Trevor Zegras goal at one end, following a great John Gibson save at the other. Read about the Leafs woes with Sportsnet.
Tough news for the Chicago Blackhawks as big defenseman Seth Jones will miss three to four weeks with a right thumb injury. Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson said the 28-year-old defenseman suffered the injury when he blocked a shot in the second period of the 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Chicago SunTimes with deets.
It’s been media ceremony season in and around NYC the last few days for a couple of pals of the Seattle Hockey Insider. Stan Fischler, an old sidekick of mine on TV and radio in New York years ago was toasted by the New York Islanders on Saturday night for his decades of Emmy Award winning media work with MSG Network.
Old? “The Maven” is 90-years-young and is always good for a racy joke. I honestly believe he’s memorized about a thousand of them. Stan was riding around Manhattan on his bike well into his eighties before he moved overseas.
I’m always able to do the math on his age because I’ll always remember him telling me at a Rangers game that he was nine-years-old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Another one of our favorites is Kenny Daneyko, the Stanley Cup winning defenseman during the New Jersey Devils mini-dynasty turned broadcaster. Dude’s enthusiasm for the game and the people around it never wanes. Simpy a great guy. He was honored on Sunday at the Prudential Center for spending forty years associated with the franchise.
All of us spent quite a bit of time working on the old radio/TV version of “NHL Live”. Congratulations gentlemen.
Have a fantastic week folks!