The Need to Knows:
The Time: 7pm PT
The Place: Climate Pledge Arena in beautiful Seattle, Washington
Place to Watch: ROOT Northwest
Place to Listen: KJR 93.3 FM
An Opposing Viewpoint: Blueshirt Banter
Know Your Enemy
- Artemi Panarin seems to be once again the beating heart of the Rangers offense, with 22 points in 17 games, and leading the team’s dynamite power play with 12 points
- Leading in goals on the other hand is Mika Zibanejad, who has nine. If that seems a little low, remind yourself that the Rangers have about 7 players with more than 3 goals at this early stage in the season
- Igor Sheshterkin isn’t playing like a man possessed like he was last year, but in fairness he hasn’t really had to. He has a more mortal .915 SV% in 12 starts. His backup is uh...not ideal, as Jaro Halak is currently nursing a brutal .883 SV%.
Man, that layoff from Sunday night was killer.
Anyway, Kraken hockey is BACK after a three day absence, and the vibes have soured just a tiny bit since we last met: The Kraken lost in one of the more painful ways to do so in a very winnable game against Winnipeg, and are now...[checks notes]
...clinging to third in the Pacific because the rest of the division is shoving crayons up their noses.
The Kraken have had plenty of time to practice and get themselves right, because their foe tonight is a formidable team even if they have a record mirroring the Kraken’s: The New York Rangers. Everything for the Rangers started as you might’ve expected, they’re young, they’re firing on all cylinders, they’re playing like they wanna be here, and in that tough division of theirs, every point is a point well earned. They’ve sort of hit a skid in November though, where they’ve been trading wins and losses between games with alarming frequency. The Kraken shouldn’t take them lightly at all, however. The Rangers show up nightly, whether you’re ready for them or not.
Will Manhattan Blue win the day? or will Panarin and his buddies fall prey to the Deep?
We’ll find out at 7 tonight!