The Seattle Kraken and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in game 2 of the NHL West First Round Playoffs at the Ball Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 0 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Wennberg leads Seattle with 1 goal, Justin Schultz has 1 assist, and Eeli Tolvanen has 4 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 1 goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 1 goal on 35 shots faced.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 1 goal per game and are scoring on 0 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 1 goal, Nathan MacKinnon has 1 assist and Evan Rodrigues has 6 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 3 goals on 30 shots faced.
The Kraken are 10-3 in their last 13 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Avalanche are 81-34 in their last 115 home games and 119-56 in their last 175 overall. The under is 4-0 in Kraken last 4 overall. The over is 7-2-1 in Avalanche last 10 overall. The Kraken are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche should be favored at home given their playoff pedigree and the fact this is a must win after getting upset in game 1. However, the Seattle Kraken have been road warriors over the last month, and they've proven to be comfortable against the Avs. The Kraken have won 4 of the last 5 meetings against the Avalanche, and that includes 3 straight wins in the Ball Arena. I'll take a shot with the plus money.