The Seattle Kraken will use the start of their first three day break in a month to entertain fans with their second annual Super Skills Showcase. It’s an opportunity for fans to pay about 15-percent of what they normally would to attend a game, opening things up to more of the faithful.
The club hasn’t left anyone out; the two players on injured reserve, goalie Chris Driedger and forward Joonas Donskoi, are managing the respective teams. The fans just watched the two draft their respective squads on the “twins”, the two huge video boards above the ice, with the competition beginning at 2 pm pacific.
“It’s a hell of a run here in January,” Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol said postgame Saturday night. “We’re 9-2-and-1, if I’ve got it right in the month of January so far, a real busy stretch. The guys need some down time, they need a couple of days to recharge the batteries, come back with a good practice on Tuesday.”
Coach was correct in his math, and with that remarkable start to 2023 the Kraken find themselves one point out of first place in the Pacific Division behind the Vegas Golden Knights, although Seattle does have the better winning percentage based on one-less game played.
The team is coming off Saturday’s 2-1 shoot-out loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, a club the Kraken beat 3-2 back on October 21st in Denver.
The Kraken are 0-for-2 in shoot-outs decisions this season, the other loss coming in Vancouver on December 22nd.
The Canucks will be Seattle’s next opponent on Wednesday night at Climate Pledge Arena and they’ll be featuring a new look. Head coach Bruce Boudreau was fired on Sunday morning, replaced by Rick Tocchet. The Canucks are one of just four NHL teams the Kraken have never beaten, with Seattle sporting a whopping 0-and-6 mark against their Pacific Division rivals.