Seattle Kraken, Matty Beniers

Kraken Daily: Boston Challenge; All-Star Vote

A Kraken Opportunity

The irresistible force meets the immovable object as the Seattle Kraken head into Boston to take on the Bruins Thursday night.

The Kraken offer up the 3rd best road record in the NHL at 14-4-and-2, while the Beantown bears stand with the ridiculous home record of 19-0-and-3. That’s right, unbeaten at TD Garden in regulation this season.

Wouldn’t the feisty and confident Kraken love to be the first? You better believe it.

Boston and Seattle are the only two NHL teams that haven’t lost a game in 2023.

Since January 1st, defenseman Vince Dunn is the NHL’s leading scorer with ten points. Yeah that’s right. That’s three better than some guy named McDavid. Kraken rookie Matty Beniers is tied for second in NHL scoring this year with nine points.

Kraken PR points out that the Seattle lads are the only squad this season to win at least five consecutive games on three different occasions.

They’ll try to match a franchise record with a 7th straight win in the toughest of venues. Puck drop is a little after 4 pm pacific.

Let’s Skate!

More bad news for the Montreal Canadiens as forward Brendan Gallagher’s reoccurring lower body injury will keep him out of the Habs line-up for six weeks. Or is it good news? The Canadiens are only the 6th-worst team in the NHL at the moment in terms of point total, which means there’s that many more teams ahead of them in the Connor Bedard ping pong ball sweepstakes.

The worse a team’s record, the better the odds they win the NHL Draft Lottery and a chance to pick the phenom first overall in this summer’s amateur draft. Bedard helped his country win the World Junior Championship last week while obliterating his country’s WJC scoring records.

Meanwhile, Gallagher missed thirteen games for Montreal, played in three, and has since missed three more.

All Star Vote

The NHL announced that the twitter portion of the fan vote for the NHL All-Star Game will take place all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, ending Saturday night at midnight.

On Twitter, fans can make their All-Star Game picks by using the hashtag #NHLAllStar followed by the player’s full name or twitter handle, or another hashtag with the player’s full name. Only referencing a player’s last name will not count as a vote.

Fans must have an active and public Twitter account, and retweets or replies of tweets which include the #NHLAllStarVote hashtag and any of the above player’s name combinations will also count as one vote.

Kraken fans can also vote online at through January 17th.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone representative at the moment. Some pundits have suggested goalie Martin Jones would be a sensible add. The league is looking to add one goalie and two skaters to each division’s All-Star squad via the fan vote,

Jones is worthy given his competition in the Pacific Division. Logan Thompson of the Vegas Golden Knights has already been named one of the two goalies from the division. NHL All-Star weekend is February 3rd and 4th.

Enjoy the Hockey Action !!

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.