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Kraken Game 30 PREVIEW: vs. Winnipeg!

The Jets have been soaring above most of their opponents lately. Let’s ground them.

NHL: NOV 13 Jets at Kraken Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Need To Knows:

The Time: 5pm PT

The Place: Climate Pledge Arena in Beautiful Seattle, Washington

Place to Watch: ROOT Northwest

Place to Listen: KJR 93.3

An Opposing Viewpoint: Arctic Ice Hockey

Know Your Enemy:

  • The Jets are 7-3-0 in their last 10 coming into tonight’s game, having just yesterday pumped the Canucks to the tune of 5-1.
  • Once again the leading goalscorer of the Jets is Mark Scheifele, who has 18 goals in 30 games.
  • He is not however, the leader in points on Winnipeg, as that honor belongs to Josh Morrisey, who has 34 points in 30 games, all but 5 of whom are assists!
  • The guy to watch out for on the power play is Pierre-Luc Dubois, who has 12 power play points in 30 games, and 5 of those are goals.
  • Hey Connor Hellebuyck is good again. He has a .928 SV% in 24 starts, though as he played in Vancouver just last night we'll likely be seeing David Rittich (.893 SV%) in net tonight.

Game Notes:

The Kraken are finally back in King County after a southeastern road trip that didn’t exactly leave anybody inspired, but now they face a fairly formidable foe in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg won their last meeting with the Kraken in overtime, but since then have largely controlled a strong ten-game stretch (with admittedly some fairly embarrassing losses) where they either blow their opponent out or match them blow for blow in scoring. The big issue they do face on the other hand is that for all their scoring talent, they still have tremendous issues in backchecking. Hellebuyck once again being a Vezina candidate night in, night out definitely makes this harder than it usually would be, but the Kraken can absolutely exploit their total lack of commitment to defense if they play them hard enough. Given the month they’ve been having so far, I think it would behoove them to do so.

Will the Kraken fall prey to the soaring Jets? Or will Winnipeg get swatted out of the sky? We’ll find out at 5!