Puck drop approaches for the Seattle Kraken in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa and new number-one goaltender Martin Jones gets another start, this time against the Senators.
Remarkably, if you go back to late October, Jones has won 14 of his last 18 starts. That includes the last three Kraken games, victories in order over the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. His collective save percentage over those three nights: .949
Kraken Head Coach Dave Hakstol will go with the same line-up that won against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. That would mean Ryan Donato is the odd man out up front.
If it ain’t broke’, why fix it?
“We have to be ready at the start of the hockey game tonight,” Hakstol said Saturday afternoon. “This is a team that comes out fast and hard. You look back to the Toronto game, in the first ten minutes they (Toronto) were quicker to pucks, faster in transition. We were able to get through and settle the game down and eventually turn the game our way. But on the road we’d like to have a little bit better start, a quicker start. That doesn’t mean were going to come out and push them back but we want to come out and establish our game.”
Hakstol referred to the Senators as having one of the hottest power plays in the NHL right now. The have 15 power play goals over their last 12 games including two against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game on January 3rd.
We’ll see how the Senators game legs feel after three days off.
The Kraken have a power play goal in all three games they have played this month after struggling in the month of December.
Anton Forsberg gets the start in net for Ottawa.
Puck drop a few minutes after 4 pm pacific.