The Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken meet Thursday in NHL action at the Climate Pledge Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 28 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 49 assists and Jack Eichel has 221 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Logan Thompson has given up 96 goals on 1,132 shots faced, and Adin Hill has allowed 62 goals on 721 shots.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared McCann leads Seattle with 40 goals, Vince Dunn has 50 assists, and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 96 goals on 912 shots faced, and Martin Jones has allowed 131 goals on 1,145 shots.
The Golden Knights are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 15-6 in their last 21 overall. The Kraken are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The under is 15-7-2 in Golden Knights last 24 road games. The over is 7-3 in Kraken last 10 home games. The Golden Knights are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
You can make a case for either side here, and Vegas has been trustworthy on the road all year. However, this feels like a bigger game for the Seattle Kraken, as they need to convince themselves they can beat these juggernauts, as it will do wonders for potential playoff success. At home, I expect a packed house. Give me the Kraken in this toss up.