Kraken Vs. Ovie
The Seattle Kraken are getting the Washington Capitals portion of their schedule out of the way in short order, having beaten the Eastern Conference team just eight days ago 3-2 in overtime at Climate Pledge Arena, before taking them on again Friday night in the nation’s capital.
Matty Beniers scored the memorable OT goal just seven seconds into the extra session to give the Kraken the win last week.
Here’s the Seattle Kraken morning skate line-up according the Roots TV folks:
Andre Burakovsky – Alexander Wennberg – Oliver Bjorkstrand
Jared McCann – Matty Beniers – Jordan Eberle
Ryan Donato – Yanni Gourde – Brandon Tanev
Daniel Sprong – Morgan Geekie – Karson Kuhlman
Vince Dunn – Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak – Nick Schultz
Carson Soucy – Will Borgen
Extra D – Cale Fleury
Philipp Grubauer gets the start in net with Martin Jones backing him up. In getting the win back on December 1st, Grubauer made 21 saves against his former team that he won a Stanley Cup with in 2018.
Jaden Schwartz is out with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. He’s on the trip. Shane Wright was loaned to Team Canada earlier this week for the World Junior Championship that starts in Nova Scotia on December 26th.
In the century the Toronto Maple Leafs have been around, they’ve never had a player with a 21-game point scoring streak until now. Mitch Marner reached that number, now two higher than the previous record, with a goal in the 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
“It was a hard shift by us, the puck was just sitting there and I decided to lean into one,” Marner said postgame. “I tried to stay on the puck, be feisty and we got what we wanted.”
It was Marner’s 11th goal of the season and the 10th during the streak which has also seen him post 18 assists.
The Maple Leafs team also has a 13-game point streak, which is just a couple away from tying the team record. Toronto hosts the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. It’ll be the 2nd half of a back-to-back for the Flames who play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday.
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