Kraken This Morning covers the mission of a 4-2 homestand, Chris Driedger coming out of COVID-19 protocol, Philipp Grubauer at 3-0 in his last 3 starts, and the Predators with Everett Fitzhugh and Nashville radio voice Pete Weber , who joined host Mike Benton.
Calle Jarnkrok was so close to finding his luck again in October.
Then, ahead of the first road trip in franchise history, COVID-19 protocol sidelined it figuratively.
He will finally get the chance to fight back against his former employers, the Nashville Predators, visiting for the first time this season to face the Seattle Kraken at 7 p.m. PT (950 KJR/Kraken Audio Network).
“I still have a lot of friends there,” Jarnkrok said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
In morning practice, Jarnkrok led the stretch to center ice, an indication of a team rallying his teammate for a big game ahead, and was seen interacting with former teammates and club staff. bench hockey operations.
As the world of hockey is a small world, Jarnkrok will be looking to maintain a pace that resurrected a slow start – no goals in 12 games – which now puts him on the pace to finish with his third best score of his career.
“He had the challenge of going through COVID early on,” Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol said. “Since you’re running out of time at the beginning of the year and you’re not feeling well, it’s physically difficult to make up for lost time when you’re doing it on the fly. I would apply that to his first four to six weeks back.
Jarnkrok, who scored the empty net that sealed Sunday’s game against Florida, has nine points in the last 11 and put the Kraken in position to end the six-game home game at 4-2 with a win this evening.
“What we’ve seen in the last 20 games is ‘him being him’. He’s a hard worker, he’s really smart and he has defensive DNA to him where he’s in the right places. He’s always above, does not cheat on the attacking side, he works for the attack.
Philipp Grubauer will start in goal for the Kraken, who are 3-0 in their last three appearances with a .916 save percentage. Juuse Saros, named to his first NHL All-Star Game in a week starting Saturday, was considered the first goaltender to leave the ice for the Predators after morning practice (an indication of an early probable for the match) and is at 22-11 -2 for the season.
The Predators, victims of Kraken’s first-ever win on Oct. 14, are 6-3-1 in the last ten games and are tied with the St. Louis Blues for second in the Central Division . Forward Filip Forsberg, a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, leads Nashville with 20 goals while defenseman and three-timer Roman Josi, who won the Norris Trophy in 2020, leads the team with 59 points.
“Offensively, whether it’s rushing or part of the toughness and low play, they defend hard. They are competitive defensively. They have goaltenders who are top of the league from day one. »
“Every game has a different feel; this one has a competitive advantage, in different respects.
Hakstol confirmed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak remains on the day-to-day basis, and defenseman Carson Soucy, injured Sunday against Florida, will be out week-to-week with a lower-body condition.
Goaltender Chris Driedger, back on the ice for morning practice, was released from isolation under COVID-19 protocol but will be taken out for the game. Joey Daccord will support Grubauer.
KRAKEN’S LINEUP PROJECTED TONIGHT: