Kraken Schwartz, Bruins Marchand

Kraken Game Day 54; Taking On The Boston Beast

Kraken Game Facts

This Evening: Seattle Kraken at Boston Bruins

Where: TD Garden

When: 4 pm pacific

TV/Radio: ROOT Sports / FM 93.3

Key Factors:

Starting goalies: Joey Daccord vs. Jeremy Swayman

Surprising was the Kraken’s perfect, seven-game road trip in January 2023. Shocking was the fact the winning streak included a win in Boston against the Bruins, a 3-0 shut-out that handed the B’s their first home loss of last season.

Seattle is looking to repeat the feat.

Daccord is likely to start this huge test, but we’ll stand by this eventuality.

The Kraken are just two points back of the 2nd wild card position in the Western Conference and are finishing up their four-game roadie.

Lefty D-man Brian Dumoulin, injured in the 1st period on Monday night in New Jersey, out of the line-up Tuesday night on Long Island, returns this evening in terms of availability. The 3rd-pair will be made up of some combination of him, or Ryker Evans, and/or Justin Schultz.

The Bruins are presently 17-6-and-4 at home.

Who’s Hot? And Not?

Jared McCann picked up another assist on Tuesday night and has 16 points over his last 13 games. He’s only been held off the score sheet twice since January 11th.

Matty Beniers snapped a seven-game pointless streak and has two goals over his last nine games.

Jaden Schwartz (pictured) has gone pointless in his last five games and in nine of his last eleven.

Bruins captain Brad Marchand (pictured without the “C”) had two assists on Tuesday night in his 1,000th NHL game. The talented pest has just three points over his last five games, but 13 points over his last 12.

NHL All-Star and the team’s leading scorer David Pastrnak has ten points over his last six games. His 77 points is tied with Oilers captain Connor McDavid for 3rd most in the league.

Goalie Swayman has the 4th best NHL goals against average at 2.35, and 3rd best save percentage at .922.

Special Teams

Tuesday night the Kraken went 0-for-2 on the power play and are 0-for-9 over the four recent roads games. The season percentage slipped to 20.6%. The penalty kill gave up one Islanders goal in three chances and stands at a subpar 78.5% on the season.

The Bruins went a whopping 0-for-6 on the power play on Tuesday against the Lightning, while the Bolts went 1-for-3 on their man advantage. Boston’s PP is normally solid, efficient 24% of the time. Their PK operates at an acceptable 81.9%.

Coming In:

Kraken: 22-21-and-10, in 6th place in the Pacific Division with 54 points. Seattle beat the New York Islanders on Tuesday in a shoot-out 2-1.

Bruins: 32-11-and-10, in 1st place in the Atlantic Division with 74 points, 2nd most in the NHL behind the Vancouver Canucks. Boston lost to Tampa Bay 3-2 in a shoot-out on Tuesday night.

Recent Kraken:

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Rob Simpson

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