Seattle Kraken, Jaden Schwartz

Kraken Daily: Avalanche Match-up, Goalie Honored

Kraken Vs. Tired?

The Seattle Kraken host a hot Avalanche team that’s won four straight games. The problem for Colorado; they’re playing their third game in four nights all on the road.

The defending Stanley Cup champions took care of the Canucks on Friday night in Vancouver 4-1. Two nights before that they handled the Flames in Calgary by the same score.

Superstar Nathan MacKinnon and fellow forward Valeri Nichushkin recently returned from injury and the club is starting to find its legs just in time for a second half run. After a slow, injury plagued start to the season the Avalanche hopped into the Western Conference’s 2nd wild card playoff position with the win on Friday.

Meanwhile, with their OT win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Climate Pledge Arena, the Kraken moved into first place in the Pacific Division and still have at least one game in-hand on their three closest pursuers.

Kraken forward Jaden Schwartz and defenseman Justin Schultz both missed the game on Thursday and are listed as day-to-day.

Vince Dunn owns the Kraken franchise’s longest ever point streak, presently at nine games and counting. The D-man has 13 points during the run.

In their lone previous match-up this season, Seattle beat Colorado in Denver 3-2 on October 21st.

Puck drop Saturday night is a little after 7 pm pacific. After the game against the Avalanche, the Kraken finally get a three day break.

Miller Time

That would be one of the most often used Ryan Miller play-on-words, made a part of Buffalo Sabres lore by legendary play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

Goalie Miller had his number-30 retired by the team on Thursday night.

Coming out of Michigan State University in his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, Miller played from 2002 well into the 2013-’14 season in Buffalo, becoming the all-time franchise leader in games played, saves and wins.

After a brief stop in St. Louis, he played three full seasons with the Canucks and then his final four NHL campaigns with the Anaheim Ducks.

Fans of international hockey might recall Miller being the goalie for Team USA when Sidney Crosby scored the Golden Goal in overtime for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Miller is the 43rd Sabres player to join the club’s hall of fame and the eighth Sabres player to have his jersey retired, joining Tim Horton (Number-2), Richard Martin (7), Gilbert Perreault (11), Rene Robert (14), Pat LaFontaine (16), Danny Gare (18) and fellow goalie Dominik Hasek (39).

The Sabres have been in the NHL since 1970 and like their expansion brethren Canucks, have never won the Stanley Cup.

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.